On July 4th, 1978 one North Dakota county was struck with disaster. Over 40 years later the town of Elgin doesn’t go a day without thinking about the tornado that destroyed their community.
Over 23 twisters hit North Dakota every year, some more serious than others. This tornado, in particular, was nearly 250 yards wide and destroyed roughly 45 homes. It lasted around an hour traveling the ground for approximately 26 miles.
One couple shared their story with me from that unfortunate day.
The town of Elgin experienced the second deadliest tornado in North Dakota’s history. It killed 5 people and injured 35 more.