A Terrifying, Deadly Storm Struck St. Louis In 1896… And No One Saw It Coming

It’s easy to joke about our unpredictable weather here in St. Louis, but we all know that weather is not always a laughing matter. In May of 1896, a cyclone had been predicted for the St. Louis area, but locals disregarded the message (probably thinking about that whole if you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes thing). Subsequently, the damages and loss of life was incredible.

This striking moment in history is remembered in history books and photographs, but the city eventually recovered from the damage of this infamous event. It even went on to host the 1896 Republican National Convention in June.

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