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TIMELINE: APRIL 2, 1957: THE OAK CLIFF TORNADO


A tornado struck Oak Cliff on April 2, 1957, killing ten people and leaving over 200 injured. The path of damage stretched from South Polk Street, through Winnetka Heights, into West Dallas before falling apart Love Field. This view is looking west over the West End and Trinity River. The now-demolished Rio Grande Building, which stood on Pacific Street, is visible in the left foreground, as is the old Sanger's Department Store. Photo courtesy of the Dallas Times Herald. Description courtesy Mark Doty.

The damaged Kessler Theater (top) after the tornado struck.