Published: June 26, 1897Rich Hill Mo. June 25-A Tornado stuck northern portion of this city last night.The amount to thousands of dollars.One set of kilns and one set of furnaces of Cherokee- Lanyon Smelter Company was blown down,caught fire, and were totally consumed.The blacksmith's shops and other buildings at the plant and the Rich Hill Canning factory were wrecked.
The brick block of the M.S. Cowles Mercantile Company and the Burkeridge block were unroofed,and buildings occupied by The Daily Review badly damaged.The City Hall had its,roof blown away,while the Amphitheater House,horse stalls,sheds,and floral hall,together with agricultural halls and other buildings at the fair grounds were completely demolished.
The Christian and Episcopal churches were badly damaged. The round house of the route is a total wreck, and freight cars were blown from the tracks on the Pacific and Memphis yards.No lives were lost.
The streets are impassable from debris. The damage to crops alone will reach a high figure. During the storm which lasted for thirty minutes the rain fell in blinding sheets, accompanied by hail.