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The Tornado Memorial
Corner of 4th St and Austin Ave

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May 11 2022


6:00 pm


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Tornado Remembrance Walk

On May 11, 1953, at about 4:30 p.m., a tornado swept through downtown Waco with winds so strong nearly 200 buildings were either destroyed outright or were damaged so severely they had to be torn down. In all, 114 lives were lost.
Eric Ames from Baylor University leads the walk and retraces the path of the tornado through downtown and shares some of the facts, stories and legends associated with the terrible storm. Please join us as we remember and learn about the tornado that shaped Waco’s history.
Ames is the author of two nationally published books about Waco history.
Location: The Tornado Memorial at the intersection of 4th and Austin.
Walk Length: Approximately 2.5 miles
Organizer: Adjunct Professor Eric Ames, who is also the assistant director for marketing & communications for the Baylor libraries and ITS.
Got questions?: Please contact Eric Ames by email at [email protected] or Ashley Thornton at [email protected]
Accessibility: Most of the walk will be on sidewalks and city streets, but you will need to be able to negotiate a few curbs and a few grassy patches.
Hydration: Please bring your own water.
Dogs: Doggies are welcome, but they MUST be on a leash and you MUST come prepared to scoop the poop!
Weather/Cancellation Plan: We plan to walk rain or shine, so if it looks like rain, bring an umbrella. In the event that it is a terrible storm or something happens and we have to cancel, we will send out a note to the email list. To subscribe to the email list, click here:

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