Without Warning: The Blackwell Tornado of 1955

By Ginny Goresen and Bob Burke --$19.95

The history of Blackwell, Oklahoma, changed drastically on May 25, 1955. A massive, F5 tornado ripped through the east side of town during the darkness of night, destroying everything in its path—homes, schools, churches, and businesses. Eighty square blocks on the east side of Main Street were either heavily damaged or destroyed. You could stand in some areas of the east side of town, look in every direction, and see nothing but piles of rubble. The devastation was complete. There were no trees, street signs, or homes left standing for blocks.

This is the story of the Blackwell tornado and the resilience of the city’s people and their will to survive and rebuild.