Tornado Alley - Photo Series
Pawhuska, Oklahoma is a the epitome of small town, middle-America. The quaint town square and quiet downtown streets are reminiscent of a time gone by and the people still smile and wave at strangers.
But Pawhuska sits in the middle of Tornado Alley. This small town has seen more than it's fair share of tornadoes. In the last 10 years alone, 7 tornadoes have struck this small town. Luckily, modern early warnings have helped prevent loss of life, but the evidence of destruction can be seen throughout town.
In 1942, my grandfather and great grandparents survived one such tornado that killed 3 people (in Pawhuska alone) and injured many more. This was the most destructive storm in Pawhuska's recorded history. The tornado left a path of destruction approximately 100 miles long and roughly a mile wide. This tornado wiped out my family's business and home and causing their migration west.
Today, the town of Pawhuska still shows the evidence of this destructive past. These photos are some taken on a recent trip.
What Once Was