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LOCAL WEATHER HISTORY: LOGANSPORT'S PRE JULY 4TH TORNADO IN 1845

A tornado struck Logansport in early July 1845 & caused damage. This was part of a apparently active period of severe weather at the time

Posted: Jul 3, 2018 4:21 PM
Updated: May 23, 2020 1:13 AM

On July 1, 1845, a tornado reportedly crossed the Eel River and damaged numerous homes & buildings in Logansport, including the unroofing of the new Cass County courthouse.

The first market house in the city was reportedly destroyed west of 5th Street between Broadway & North & the Methodist church was heavily damaged. According to resident Enion Kendall, the “whirlwind” caused much “gasp & stare”………”it stretched its course toward the ski [sky] and swept the river nearly dri [dry].”

On the same day, "a destructive tornado" reportedly tracked through Hendricks County "near Brownsburgh" west of Indianapolis.  "Filling the roads with trees and destroying everything in its course", the tornado killed one person & injured others with "an abundance of twigs & leaves" falling well beyond the parent tornado.

This was part of an evidently active period for severe weather.  On July 5, a morning tornado near Vevay, Indiana carved a destructive +10-mile path to near Warsaw, Kentucky, unroofing two houses & "breaking down trees of the largest size & destroying crops." Chimneys & fences were carried away with other "occasioned damage" & "two or three persons injured, but no lives lost.

On the afternoon of July 5, a tornado passed through Jefferson County, Indiana, near Louisville.  It was reported by eyewitnesses on a mail boat that it "prostrated everything in its course" & that the air was filled with debri, trees & limbs at its base.  The Ohio River was so agitated that it reportedly became difficult to keep the boat afloat.  The tornado was said to have passed east of Louisville.

On July 3, 1845, it was reported in Indianapolis, "the closing of the rainstorm of several days was perfectly spiteful; but it is an ill wind which blows nobody good- the rivers are again in fine boating order."  In fact, a stage coach, which was attempting to cross a swollen creek east of Indianapolis, was overtaken.  The four occupants lost their belongings & nearly drowned.

Check out this description of the storm in the Vincennes Gazette dated July 3, 1845:

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