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"Fergus Falls Cyclone" An Exhibit of Photographs and Anecdotes @ Otter Tail County Historical Society

  • Otter Tail County Historical Society 1110 Lincoln Ave. W. Fergus Falls, Minnesota 56537 US (map)

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Event Phone Number: (218) 736-6038

One hundred years ago, on June 22, 1919, a collision of warm and cold fronts produced a cyclone that damaged or destroyed two-thirds of Fergus Falls. At the time it was the fourth most destructive tornado in the United States. It is still known as Minnesota’s second deadliest tornado. The significance of this storm on Otter Tail County’s largest town and the county seat, was far-reaching.

This exhibit looks at what things were like for residents of Fergus Falls in 1919. It then illustrates the storms destructive pass through the city, with photographs and antidotes, and ends with how the city was rebuilt bigger and better then before. 

Throughout the year OTCHS will highlight this tragic event. They start the year with the opening of this exhibit and a six-week series of Friday morning coffee klatches. A community-wide commemorative is being planned for the weekend of June 21-23 and the community will develop other events as time permits.