Green, OK (Indian Territory) Tornado, Dec 1887

WIDESPREAD RUIN CAUSED BY A CYCLONE IN INDIAN TERRITORY.

A NUMBER OF LIVES LOST AND LIVESTOCK AND OTHER PROPERTY DESTROYED.

Little Rock, Ark., Dec. 19. -- A special from Cove, Polk County, reports that a destructive cyclone visited Armstrong Academy, I.T., and Fort Washita and Green at an early hour on Saturday morning, causing great destruction of property and loss of life.
The following are the casualties as far as known:
FRENCH ADAMS, United States army, Washita, killed.
A. B. Z. LINCOLN, Washita, killed.
JACK HENDERSON, Green, killed.
Two children, names unknown, killed.
WILLIAM COVINGTON, Armstrong Academy, both legs broken.
HENRY WAIT, Washita, arm and leg broken.
MRS. WAIT, Washita, arm broken.
A terrific rumbling sound was heard about five o'clock and startled the few settlers from their sleep only to awake them to the horror of impending death. A heavy black cloud, funnel-shaped, was seen in the distance and rapidly approaching. When about a mile north of Fort Washita it struck the ground and from this point south for miles the work of ruin was continued.
The cyclone traveled at about the rate of a mile a minute. In an instant from the time it struck the earth half the houses in Fort Washington were in ruins. Light outhouses and dwellings were picked up and made into kindling wood by the fury of the wind. Armstrong Academy was not greatly injured, but Ranches, in the immediate neighborhood suffered greatly. At Green, a little hamlet six miles south of Armstrong, the damage was very heavy and many persons were injured. Seventeen houses and a general store were carried away bodily, while horses and cattle within the territory covered by the storm is not known. The two children killed at Green were carried about sixty yards by the wind and dashed to the ground mangled so as to be almost unrecognizable. Many cattle and other stock were also killed by lightning. The storm only lasted about six minutes at any one point.

Burlington Hawk-Eye Iowa 1887-12-20