Photographs and Images

1944 Tornado Destruction — Port Vue, Pennsylvania

Buildings Destroyed by F4 Tornado

Photograph of dammaged homes, June 23, 1944.

17 deaths – This major tornado affected what is now part of the Pittsburgh metropolitan area, beginning only 8 mi (13 km) south of Pittsburgh. The tornado killed 17 people in Allegheny County, near McKeesport, mainly in the communities of Dravosburg, Port Vue, Versailles, Boston, and Greenock. In these communities, the tornado destroyed almost 88 homes and damaged 306. Many multi-story dwellings were leveled or torn apart, some single-story residences were also leveled, and more than 400 other structures were damaged or destroyed. As the tornado paralleled the Pennsylvania Turnpike, it destroyed six more homes near Donegal and two near Somerset. 200 people were injured.

Photo measures appx. 4 1/2" wide by 3 1/8" tall. Condition is Very Good, with location/date on back, minor corner fold, only very minor soiling. A piece of Allegheny history.

Year/Era: 1944
Condition: Very Good
Inventory no.: 389100302