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April 10, 1979 Vernon, Texas Damage Photos

Two-by-four board impaled through a car windshield south of Davidson, Oklahoma.
Photo #1: Two-by-four board impaled through a car windshield south of Davidson, Oklahoma. Date: 4/11/1979


Photo #2: Aerial view of Vernon, Texas tornado track near Davidson, Oklahoma. Date 4/12/1979


Photo #3: Aerial view of spiral swirl marks left by Vernon, Texas tornado near Davidson, Oklahoma. Date: 4/12/1979

Sands Motel Damage in Vernon, TX
Photo #4: Sands Motel Damage: A pile of rubble resembling a war zone was all that was left of the Sands Motel and Canton Cafe located on the eastern edge of Vernon. Cars and trucks are also among the ruins.The tornado struckthe town around 3:50 p.m. and killed not only residents, including a teacher and her daughter, but travelers on U.S. Highway 287 whose automobiles were tossed around like toys.

Truck Tossed by Tornado
Photo #5: Tossed by the Tornado: A truck maintains a precarious balance on the loading dock of Merchants Freight Lines following the tornado which damaged or destroyed many buildings along East Wilbarger. Jones Sones, manager of the company, was alone in the building at the time the tornado struck and managed to jump down between some concrete stairs for protection.


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