1936 Gainesville Tornado 75th Anniversary
At 8:27 AM, on April 6, 1936, the fifth deadliest tornado in the US came through downtown Gainesville. The tornado left widespread destruction, killing over 203 people and injuring another 1600.
Seventy-five years later, the Main Street Gainesville and the Northeast History Center lead the community in remembering that terrible day and the fascinating resurrection of "A City Laid Waste." A plaque dedication ceremony was held on the Downtown Gainesville Square on April 6 at 8:15 AM.
Click below to step back in time and download our self-guided walking tour of the 1936 destruction in Downtown Gainesville.