Tools Menu

Share Your Feedback

Winner of two 2013 Emmy Awards from the Southeast Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences

Today in Georgia History
is a joint collaboration of the Georgia Historical Society & Georgia Public Broadcasting.

April 6

Get Adobe Flash player

Gainesville Tornado of 1936

April 6, 1936 - Gainesville
It was one of the worst weather-related disasters in Georgia history. The tornado that struck Gainesville on this day in 1936 was part of a devastating outbreak of 17 tornadoes across the South. And it wasn’t the first for Gainesville- another tornado killed more than 100 people in January 1903.

In 1936, two F4 tornadoes tore through the heart of town, destroying much of the business district and the county courthouse, trapping hundreds in debris, before moving on to surrounding neighborhoods. The funnel fueled fires all over the area, including the Cooper Pants manufacturing company, where 60 employees were killed. The storm left more than 200 dead, 1,600 injured, 2,000 homeless and millions of dollars in damage. President Franklin Roosevelt toured the city three days later, and returned in 1938 to rededicate the courthouse and city hall after a massive citywide rebuilding effort.

One of the deadliest tornadoes in American history hit Gainesville on April 6, 1936, Today in Georgia History.

Resources

Vocabulary

Daily Activity

Learn More & Image Credits

Related Topics

20th century, weather, disaster, tornado, Roosevelt, People Places and Environments

Related Articles
& Links

Gainesville Tornado ...

Georgia Hurricane of...

First Masters Tourna...

Fast Fact

The Gainesville tornado was the fifth deadliest tornado in U.S. history.