A Traveler and his Cat exploring America.

Thursday, October 20, 2022

Greensburg Museum


Greensburg, Kansas

Before leaving Greensburg I thought I would revisit the museum ten years later.

Across the street stood these remains to what?
It looks like it was an impressive building.  Maybe city hall?

In front of the museum was this memorial.  I don’t remember seeing it from before.  Admission was $6 for old people.  I almost wasn’t going to go inside since I had seen it all before.  But I paid and went in.  I am glad I did for there was a lot of new material.  Evidently the museum was only two years old when I was there before in 2012.  I told the lady about my visit before and talking with the woman at the counter.  She knew who it was.  Her name was Marge and she told me her uncle who died was Claude Hopkins.

I didn’t pay much attention to this before so did so this time.

I am pretty sure all these signs are new, put in place after 2012.

The siren is still on display.

This is new.

How it was when found.

The street sign display is new.

I caught part of a video that said two hundred animals were rescued afterwards and it was showing some goats being loaded into a truck.  Amazing they weren’t blown away.

If you tap on these photos they should open up in new window larger and easier to read.

This looks like a school to me.

High on a wall was this panorama of the town.

There was no information as to when this was taken 
but it must have been many days later for the streets have been cleared of debris.

The grain elevators were one of three buildings in the direct path of the twister that survived.  The other was the large brick courthouse and another brick building.

Notice the porta-potties.

The tent shelter may have been set up by the Red Cross possibly?
How did this man’s house and garage survive with roofs intact 
while everything else around his home did not?
Notice the grain elevators in the distance.

There is an upper viewing level where you can see the whole town.  Signs stated what you were looking at.  I discovered that most everything new I showed in the other post such as the school and all, was built between 2008 and 2010.  So they were here when I was in 2012.  I just didn’t notice.  Guess I was too overwhelmed in seeing everything else back then.

Greensburg lost its water tower.  Their new tower is twice as big at 110,000 gallons.

- comment replies -
Kathe, I like reading your stories of life on a farm when you were young.  
Great memories you should put down in writing.
Debby, always happy to see my posts send you down another rabbit hole.


Barbara Rogers said...

Nature can be so devastating in sudden changes. Gives a sense of gratitude for the quiet days I get to enjoy!

Debby said...

Wow. Some of the most powerful descriptions of a tornado I have ever read. The pictures; oh my gosh! It looks like a war zone. As they prompted, I tried to imagine coming up from the basement and realizing that the entire town was gone...but I couldn't. I could not even wrap my head around it. The picture of the map, the fact that it was on the ground for 65 minutes. Winds up to 260 mph. Wow. I just haven't got any words. Thank goodness they found some for their museum display. That is very well set up. It tells an unimaginable story.

Kathe said...

How could you ever feel safe again? Especially the children. Not sure if I would have the courage to stay and rebuild. Nothing looks like it was. No time to evolve. Looks like Hiroshima.
Writing memories is being willing to reveal yourself, others. And, remembering. As a child, you accept things but don't understand them. Always a back story. I do love to remember being a child though. I'm glad you like my little mini memories. We almost live in a time warp anymore. Trying to make sense of things as an adult now. Like sorting through the debris looking for what has survived.

Upriverdavid said...

The "Wabbitt holes you send me down are enjoyed for sure, thanks. I sometime spend hours on your links.