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Damage Photos
 

Note: The following 48 photos were taken on or around April 15, 1947 by Vernon W. Schaad, MIC (Meteorologist in Charge) at the U.S. Weather Bureau's office at Fort Worth, TX. Mr. Schaad spent four days investigating the tornado damage in the Texas Panhandle and northwestern Oklahoma with two other USWB meteorologists. The other meteorologists were J. R. Lloyd, MIC at the USWB office in Kansas City, MO and Henry C. Winburn, MIC at the USWB office in Amarillo, TX.

 

Damage in and near Glazier, Texas

 
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Photo 1: Looking north with three buildings left in in Glazier, Texas. The small building to the right is a temporary building constructed after the storm. Photo 2: Looking north at damage to trees in Glazier, Texas.
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Photo 3: Looking north at the south edge of Glazier, Texas. Photo 4: Representative damage that occurred to the three houses remaining in Glazier, Texas.
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Photo 5: View of total destruction in Glazier, Texas. Photo 6: View of total destruction in Glazier, Texas.
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Photo 7: View of damage to a two-story building in Glazier, Texas. Photo 8: View of shredded debris in Glazier, Texas can be seen in the foreground of the photo.
 

Damage in and near Higgins, Texas

 
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Photo 9: View of a train wreck along the Santa Fe Railroad at Higgins, Texas. Two freight trains collided due to a breakdown of the centralized traffic control system due to the storm. Photo 10: View of the train wreck and railroad track at Higgins, Texas. A railroad crew is at work clearing debris from the track in the left center of the photo.
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Photo 11: View of damage along the highway between Glazier and Higgins, Texas. The tornado traveled along the highway between Glazier and Higgins. Photo 12: View of fences broken down and bark shredded from fence posts in an area between Glazier and Higgins, Texas.
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Photo 13: View of damage of the south edge of Higgins, Texas along the south edge of the of tornado damage path. Photo 14: View looking to the north at a damaged telephone cable in Higgins, Texas.
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Photo 15: View of the north edge of the tornado damage path in Higgins, Texas. Tree damage occurred and some buildings remained standing within the tornado damage path. Photo 16: View of the damaged business section in Higgins, Texas.
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Photo 17: View of the damaged business section in Higgins, Texas. This damage was along the south side of the street across from the area shown in the previous photo. Photo 18: View of a collapsed two-story house in Higgins, Texas. An unroofed stucco house can be seen in the background. The concrete forms in the foreground were for a projected filling station. Residents of the frame house took refuge in a ditch during the storm and were unhurt. Residents of stucco house were in a cellar during the storm.
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Photo 19: Another view of the collapsed two-story frame house in Higgins, Texas. Note the strong cross braced construction of the wall of the house. The left center of the photo shows the foundation from which a building was completely removed by the tornado.  
 

Damage in and near Woodward, Oklahoma

 
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Photo 20: View looking at wreckage of brick and steel construction within the tornado damage path in Woodward, Oklahoma. Photo 21: View looking north at damage along the right edge of the tornado path in Woodward, Oklahoma. The photo was taken from the second floor of a damaged house.
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Photo 22: View looking south at damage in Woodward, Oklahoma. The photo was taken from a highway bridge. Note the brick and steel construction of the structure in the right portion of the photo. Photo 23: View of the north end of 8th Street in Woodward, Oklahoma. The bridge is blown out and debris lies to the left of it. The path of the tornado extended one-half mile beyond the North Canadian River which runs along the north side of Woodward.
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Photo 24: View looking north at a damaged bridge over the North Canadian River on the north side of Woodward, Oklahoma. Photo 25: View looking north-northwest at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers river gage on the damaged highway bridge. The staff gage was used to stage river stage readings for the North Canadian River.
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Photo 26: Side view looking northwest at the damaged highway bridge just north of Woodward, Oklahoma. Photo 27: View of the damaged Woodward County Courthouse building in Woodward. Some of the stone facing on the building had been torn loose.
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Photo 28: View looking southwest at damage to a dwelling in Woodward. The north and east sides of the structure had been blown out. Photo 29: View looking east at tree damage in Woodward, Oklahoma.
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Photo 30: View looking south at tree damage in Woodward. A section of shingle was had been driven into a tree branch on the right side of the tree. Photo 31: View of damage on the right-hand (east) side of the tornado path in Woodward. A tractor had the left edge of its radiator "chewed away" and debris had been driven into the mechanism.
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Photo 32: View looking northeast at the edge of damage in Woodward, Oklahoma. Photo 33: View of damage to the southwest corner of a two-story dwelling.
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Photo 34: View of the remains of a concrete block store and corrugated metal roofing wrapped around pole in Woodward. Photo 35: View of the right-hand (east) edge of the tornado damage path. Damage occurred to the windows and siding was torn from houses in Woodward.
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Photo 36: View of a demolished concrete block battery shop within the center of the tornado damage path in Woodward. Photo 37: View of demolished frame house within the center of the tornado damage path in Woodward.
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Photo 38: View of the right-hand (east) edge of total destruction within the tornado damage path in Woodward.v Photo 39: View of total destruction with trees torn off at their tops in Woodward.
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Photo 40: View of the damaged Woodward County Courthouse and debris in a park area in Woodward. Photo 41: View of tree and house damage along the right-hand edge of tornado damage path in Woodward. Inner walls of a house were pierced with splinters, but the outside walls of the house were left undamaged. Debris was apparently drawn into house through the "funnel effect" by windows.
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Photo 42: View of the downtown area of Woodward within the right-hand (east) edge of the tornado damage path. The slanted trees and poles show the effects of the tornadic winds. Photo 43: View of damage to a wholesale grocery warehouse in Woodward. Note the debris hanging in the utility wires.
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Photo 44: View of a few buildings intact within the center of tornado damage path in Woodward. Photo 45: View of heavy tree damage with a building still standing within the center of the tornado damage path in Woodward.
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Photo 46: View of collapsed buildings within the left side of the tornado damage path in Woodward. Note the slanted trees. Photo 47: View of severe tree damage in Woodward.
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Photo 48: View looking north at two ridges of debris at the left-hand (west) edge of the tornado damage path in Woodward.