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Louisville’s 1974 Tornado

Thomas McAdam

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Every April 3, we old-timers can’t help but harken back to that terrible day in 1974 when Louisville was hit by a monster tornado.  I remember it like it was yesterday: I was working at my desk on the third floor of City Hall, as deputy director of the city’s Department of Building & Housing Inspection.  One of our inspectors came running in and announced that Richard "----" Gilbert, in the WHAS traffic ‘copter, was on the air describing a funnel cloud which had just taken off part of the roof of Freedom Hall, at the fairgrounds.

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