What a thrill! Yesterday I received an email from Bob Vislay that brought to mind an event in Duquesne’s history that I had nearly forgotten about. Along with his recollections from the event, Bob also sent pictures from his personal archives that hauntingly recall the chaos that followed the tornado of May 13, 1956.
I was only 4 1/2 years old when the tornado occurred, however I remember that my parents and brother Steve had been somewhere away from home when event took place. I recall coming down the road from St. Joe’s Cemetery and my dad saying “It got our chimney,” and it certainly had! The chimney had toppled over and had fallen in our side yard. Aside from that, our home sustained little other damage other than some snapped branches from our sycamore.
In addition to Bob’s note and photos, I have also posted the event recap from The Duquesne Times along with a few other tidbits from that same edition of the paper that I thought you’d enjoy! Be sure to let us know your recollections of the tornado! And PLEASE, if you have any photos or stories in those albums, scrapbooks or boxes of photos you’ve tucked away a long time ago, drag them out and share your memories with us!
Digging thru my archive of “memories & pictures”, I ran into the ones of the Tornado.
I remember being awaken by my mother one night, saying we are having a bad storm and had to rush down to the cellar. Turns out that on that May night in 1956, Duquesne had a tornado. I have little memory of the sounds of the storm, but I can recall seeing the damage around town. There were a number chimneys blown down, and the roof blown off of The Bus Company building. You may remember the big building next to the city dump. I certainly remember the damage along W. Grant Ave. between 5th and 6th Streets.
I have attached a few pictures. The brick building at the corner of 6th and Grant was three story until the tornado. You can see the damage looking down Grant Ave.
Thought I would share…