Columbus Day Windstorm

On Columbus Day 1962, the remnants of Typhoon Freda whipped through the West Coast, engaging one of the most violent windstorms ever exerienced in the area. Killing 38 people and destroying more trees than the Mt. St. Helen eruption, this wicked storm created over $200 million worth of damage within 12 hours, causing power outages for weeks. Peak windgusts of 127 mph took shape in Corvallis, 116 mph at the Morrison Bridge in Portland, and 138 mph winds at Newport before the anemometer was decimated. Coinciding with Columbus Day, a strange reaction to the celebration of our pilgramage swept through the states…

The Campbell Hall Tower
This is a picture was taken by a student photographer at the Oregon College of Education in Monmouth
(now Western Oregon University)

Reproduced by Evan & Mikaela


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