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McHistory: McLean County's Connection To The Tri-State Tornado Of 1925

Tri-State Tornado destruction from 1925
McLean County Museum of History
Destruction after the Tri-State Tornado from 1925.

The Tri-State Tornado of 1925 was the deadliest twister the country has ever seen, even to this day. The tornado traveled 219 miles from Missouri to Illinois to Indiana, leaving a trail of destruction.

At this time, Adlai E. Stevenson II was working with the family newspaper, The Daily Pantagraph (now known as The Pantagraph) as a reporter. He was sent downstate to one of the hardest hit places: Murphysboro, Illinois.

During this episode of McHistory, you'll hear Stevenson’s account of the Tri-State Tornado.

McHistory is a co-production of WGLT and the McLean County Museum of History.

Ariele Jones is WGLT's assistant program director and host of Morning Edition, Highway 309, and Center Stage.