On Sunday, April 11, 1965 a vicious weather system spawned tornadoes that ripped across the state. At approximately 7:35 pm an F4 tornado slammed into Russiaville, virtually wiping out the business district and damaging hundreds of homes. Fifty years later on Saturday, April 11, 2015, the town commemorated the anniversary at the Jeff Stout Community Center. Activities included presentations on preparing for severe weather, how forecasting has changed over the years, personal accounts of the day and how the town was rebuilt and reorganized. Meteorologists Joe Nield and Chad Evans discussed what causes this type of outbreak and history of severe weather in the state.
The historical society published a second volume of tornado photos and stories that is available now. This edition includes "new photos" from the Chandler family and from the Denny Stout family as well as others. It also includes newspaper clippings from local and regional newspapers.
Russiaville Chronicles Volume IX, which is the first book on the tornado, is also available through the store page. Or, you may order a copy of either book by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.