"The 1953 Vicksburg Tornado"

"The 1953 Vicksburg Tornado" (HM1YQ9)

Location: Vicksburg, MS 39183 Warren County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 21.122', W 90° 53.006'

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On a balmy Saturday afternoon in the winter of 1953, a tornado etched a path of destruction from Vicksburg's waterfront through downtown and into a northeast residential area.

The December 5th twister is to date (2006) one of only two F5 tornadoes in Mississippi history and the third deadliest in the state. The tornado claimed thirty-eight lives, including 5 children who were watching a movie in the Saenger Theater on Walnut Street and two children at the Happyland Nursery.

Within an hour relief agencies were mobilized, help came from surrounding cities, and survivors and the dead were being uncovered from the debris. Scores of buildings were destroyed or were damaged beyond repair by the high winds and subsequent fires, including historically important buildings such as St. Paul Catholic Church, which had stood on Vicksburg's high bluffs since 1849.

The Vicksburg Sunday Post Herald received journalism's highest award-the Pulitzer Prize-for its courage under deadline pressure. The Sunday newspaper was printed and then delivered by its carriers the morning following the tornado.

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HM NumberHM1YQ9
Year Placed2006
Placed ByThe City of Vicksburg Riverfront Mural Committee
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, June 4th, 2017 at 9:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 699172 N 3581426
Decimal Degrees32.35203333, -90.88343333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 21.122', W 90° 53.006'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 21' 7.32" N, 90° 53' 0.36" W
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Area Code(s)601
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1200-1298 Levee St, Vicksburg MS 39183, US
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