Oak Lawn Tornado of 1967, Illinois (Images of America Series)

Oak Lawn Tornado of 1967, Illinois (Images of America Series)

by Kevin Korst


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Oak Lawn Tornado of 1967, Illinois (Images of America Series) by Kevin Korst

The morning of April 21, 1967, was crisp and clear, marking the arrival of spring. As the day progressed, dark clouds covered the skies over Oak Lawn, and a deadly tornado touched down in the village just before 5:30 p.m. Cutting through the intersection of 95th Street and Southwest Highway and striking elsewhere, the storm left mountains of debris and over 30 people dead in its wake. Oak Lawn Community High School, St. Gerald Catholic Church, and the Fairway Super Mart were among the structures damaged or destroyed by the high winds. After the disaster, rescue workers and volunteers poured into Oak Lawn to search for survivors, while Christ Community Hospital and other institutions treated more than 400 injured people. The immense cleanup, which took weeks to complete, saw debris hauled out or disposed of in controlled fires. Despite the scope of the devastation, many of the affected structures were repaired or rebuilt within 12 months.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781467110457
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 01/06/2014
Series: Images of America Series
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 1,193,391
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Kevin Korst is the local history coordinator for the Oak Lawn Public Library and the author of Images of America: Oak Lawn. He holds a bachelor’s degree in American history from the University of St. Francis and a master’s degree in American history from Eastern Illinois University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

1 Before the Storm 9

2 April 21, 1967 25

3 Ninety-fifth Street and Southwest Highway 49

4 The Aftermath 67

5 Recovery and Healing 113

Honoring the Victims 125

Bibliography 126

Index 127

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