Saturday, June 22, 2019

June 8, 1974

YrHmblHst is a little slow sometimes...but hey, Im only two weeks late; I was just reminded that this year marks the 45th anniversary of one of the worst tornadoes Tulsa has seen. June 8th 1974 saw 3 different funnel systems damage and take life in Tulsa. Areas of damage included ORU up to around 71st and Yale, East Tulsa around 21st and Garnett over to 21st and 129th, and Brookside. Even living as far south and east of Tulsa proper at the time as we did, my father and I - being typical 'Okies' - went outside to try and see any actual funnels once we learned they were in the area. We DID see the three funnels that descended from the same cloud that took out the east 21st street area, but obviously didnt see the Brookside one. As we are concerned with Peoria Avenue here, I went and found a few photos of the damage on and around our favourite thoroughfare. Any readers have any more pictures they wish to share, or any stories / remembrances of that day?
damaging Shakeys?!?!? THIS is unacceptable...
what was left of Braums...

1 comment:

  1. I was 8-years-old when we were at a mall or shopping center, I was sitting outside while my mom was in Cloth World some some place I didn't want to be, and I saw a funnel come down quite a ways off. I told my mom about it and I'm not sure she believed me until she heard it on the radio. A few days later we drove through Brookside to gawk. It was a mess. I was glad we had a basement, and I'm glad it didn't make it to 15th and Peoria where we lived.