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New stories of Tornado of ’36 told at survivor’s forum

A historic week came to a close Tuesday night as survivors of the 1936 tornado once again shared their memories of that fateful April morning when Gainesville fell to ruins.

April 12, 2011 | Tricia L. Nadolny | Tornado


Storm was a twist of fate

Robert Garcia said it's just evil luck that brought a tornado crashing onto Gainesville the morning of April 6, 1936.

April 05, 2011 | Shannon Casas | Tornado


Memorial events to mark 75 years since deadly day

Seventy-five years after a tornado decimated Gainesville, the town is ready to pay tribute to those it killed.

April 05, 2011 | Carolyn Crist | Tornado


Old video sparks Web project for Georgia libraries

Hall County librarians didn't realize the significance of the VHS tape they held in their hands.

April 05, 2011 | Carolyn Crist | Tornado


From the rubble, a new town is built

Richard Smith was playing in the schoolyard when the 1936 tornado flattened most of Gainesville.

April 05, 2011 | Carolyn Crist | Tornado


Bits of Gainesville traveled far and wide

The 1936 tornado moved east out of Gainesville, taking with it dirt and trees and the makings of a small city. As it passed across the South, dropping on other towns and eventually dissipating into the skies, it scattered parts of Gainesville across its path.

April 04, 2011 | Tricia L. Nadolny | Tornado


Presidential visit caps rebirth

They hung from the rooftops and waved flags from window ledges, the men and women packed on street corners pressing on one another's shoulders, begging for a glimpse.

April 04, 2011 | Tricia L. Nadolny | Tornado


Smith: A country girl comes in to search for the missing

Word slowly seeped down the dirt roads, details of the storm that had swept away Gainesville.

April 04, 2011 | Tricia L. Nadolny | Tornado


Patterson: An 'angel' shelters a young boy on the bus

The scar has faded but never disappeared, a dark purple smudge among the age spots and lines on Cleburn Patterson's left leg.

April 04, 2011 | Tricia L. Nadolny | Tornado


DeLong: Turning down a ride helped save teen's life

He would have been in that convertible, the one covered in bricks and stained with blood.

April 04, 2011 | Tricia L. Nadolny | Tornado


Ruin & Rebirth: Remembering the tornado of '36

They were just babes, but the tornado became their first memory, shocked into the soul at tender ages when recollections are meant to be blurred and gold and light.

April 04, 2011 | Tricia L. Nadolny | Tornado


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