Brandenburg Kentucky was
almost completely devastated as a F5 tornado roared through the quaint river
town on April, 3 1974. The Meade County Messenger recorded these
events in a book "Since April 3rd." Pat Bowen has been kind enough to allow
me reproduce the entire book for this web site and Ken and Dana Moore loaned
me their copy of the book to use. I have tried to capture the spirit of the
book on the web site. The book is divided into sections:
Our Meade County Heritage
- Describes the town of Brandenburg before the tornado going into detail
about the homes destroyed. The page has 82 photos, 22 of which depict
The Overall view of the
Tornado Destruction - is a detailed account of every building affected
by the tornado. It contains 19 photos with some great aerial shots.
- Survivor stories make up the next 68 pages of the book. An incredible
look at what it was like to be an F5 tornado. I hade to divide it up into
4 separate web pages. A total of 60 photos!
Obituaries of Tornado
Victims - A look at the people who lost their lives on April 3, 1974
Don Macy's Photos: Great
B&W photos of the area!
Song For Morning
It is not ours to turn
Direction of the phantom winds Across green April's orchards.
Gathering of a thousand thunderheads
That clash wild sounds of bitter cymbals In harsh metallic keening,
dissonant, Thinned to a spiral edge cutting Pummelling into splintered chaos
Our sometime ordered world.
Of moonlight in disarray Catch broken red cedars
Offering up their sad fragrance In dark empty places.
Here is no triumph No consolation No response.
But in the stillness of gone
bewilderment A stirring seeks a stirring.
This I keep--
Divine affinity of seeking-- And
question not again
The falling aside of old harmonies The crush of apple blossoms
Baring smooth pearl of new fruit Promise firm, intact.
Ours is a new song Set on old and measured melodies: A song for morning.