PRESS COLLECTION: “Piggly Wiggly” (1966)


Crystal Lake, Illinois. Piggly Wiggly grocery store restored to normal a year after the devastating tornadoes that swept through Crystal Lake in 1965. The photo was taken on March 29, 1966.The overall Palm Sunday tornado outbreak of 1965 involved 47 tornadoes (15 significant, 17 violent, 21 killers) hitting the Midwest. It was the second biggest outbreak on record. In the Midwest, 271 people were killed and 1,500 injured (1,200 in Indiana). It was the deadliest tornado outbreak in Indiana history with 137 people killed. The outbreak also made that week the second most active week in history with 51 significant and 21 violent tornadoes. The tornado which hit Midway trailer park is disputed to be an F5, as 25 homes were literally wiped off the face of the earth, with no signs of them ever found.

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