Courtesy Photo | This photo illustrates just some of the devastation from the tornado that struck Minden May 1, 1933.

Eighty-five years ago today, May 1, 1933, Minden suffered perhaps the worst tragedy of our history. Our town was struck by a massive tornado, estimated by some to be as large as an F4 on the Fujita scale.

Massive damage and death occurred and recovery was long and painful.

This Echo is a repeat of an article I published on the 75th anniversary of the event in 2008. It is an excerpt from an article that I published in the Journal of the North Louisiana Historical Association in 1983, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the disaster and the


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