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Saturday, May 31, 2008

PLATTE COUNTY DISASTERS

Looks like everything but the sky has fallen on this Missouri county:

Platte County Historical & Genealogical Society Bulletin 61:1 (Jan-Apr 2008) has an article on Platte County disasters. Seems they’ve had their fair share: floods in 1844, 1858, 1881, 1903, 1951, 1952, 1965, and 1993; major fires in 1861, 1864, 1873, 1884, 1885, 1887, 1890, 1896, 1936, 1953, 1957, 1967, 1975, and 1987; a Civil War battle in 1864; tornadoes in 1971 and 2003; explosions in 1957, 1966, 1979, and 1981; grapefruit-sized hail in 1965; and plagues of grasshoppers in the years 1874-1876 and 1936. Oh, and a number of fairly sensational murders in 1900, 1909, 1964, 1977, 1984, and 1990, too...

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