A Terrifying Disaster Hit Cleveland In 1944 And No One Saw It Coming

While the City of Cleveland offers much to love, it has not been without its dark days. While we pay homage to our predecessors that built the city, we must, too, acknowledge the tragedies that many of them faced. On one terrible Friday in October of 1944, disaster struck Cleveland at 2:40 p.m., shaking the city and its startled residents. The tragedy changed many lives, and photographers flocked to the scene to immortalize the moment. Today, these powerful images have the capability to take you back to that fateful October day, and you will be humbled to see the terrible disaster that Clevelanders once had to face.

This disaster was one of the worst in Cleveland history, and its sorrowful impact has been immortalized in these images.

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