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"The Great Tornado of the Northwest" strikes Iowa and Illinois killing and injuring hundreds

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06/03/1860
A series of tornado cells struck eastern Iowa and parts of Illinois beginning in the late afternoon.  The first touched down in Linn County, Iowa and the last in Elgin, Illinois, more than two hundred miles away.  Devastation was heaviest in Camanche, Iowa, a 1200 person town on the Mississippi.  At least 140 people were killed in the outbreak, perhaps 2,500 made homeless. Estimates of property loss exceeded one million dollars.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
John W. Barber and Henry Howe, All the Western States and Territories .... (Cincinnati, OH: Howe's Subscription Books Concern, 1867), 380.

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