Saturday, May 05, 2007

tornado damage

Street sign pointing toward the World's Largest Hand Dug Well

looking down into the well

Spencer standing in front of the gift shop and museum

As we traveled from Dalhart, Texas to Andover, Kansas we took the 54 highway. Greensburg is the site of the World's Largest Hand-Dug Well and since we had to drive through Greensburg I decided we should stop and go see it.

I had chatted with the woman working in the gift shop about the weather. She was concerned about getting some bad weather later that day. She was right. Greensburg was devastated by a tornado.

Many of the buildings along the highway 54 were destroyed. According to the weather channel the path of the tornado was a mile wide. The building that Spencer is standing in front of in the photograph above no longer exists.

As we drove through Greensburg we talked about what a quaint little city it is. And how peaceful and beautiful it is. Now it is a disaster area and martial law has been declared in the city. You can read about it here:

Our hearts and our prayers go out to the people in the city and in Kiowa county.


  1. Anonymous10:48 PM

    I was thinking and praying for you all when I saw this on the news this morning! I wasn't sure what part of KS you were traveling in...and it turns out you were right there!!!

    I am so sorry for the people of Greensberg and I am so glad you got out of there early in the day.

    {{{hugs to all}}}

  2. Thanks for remembering us! We are grateful that we didn't stay in the area overnight.

  3. Thank you for posting about the big well. We heard 95% of the town was destroyed, and we assumed that included these buildings as well. We traveled through this area a couple of years ago on our way to candidate at a church, and stopped here along the way. I'm glad to hear the Lord's hand of protection was upon you, and that you weren't there when it happened. Our hearts and prayers continue to go out to the people in Greensburg.

  4. The gift shop and the large water tank are both gone... only the well itself is in tact. Looking at the pictures in the Sunday paper was very surreal. It is hard to believe that most everything is demolished.

  5. Anonymous9:25 AM

    Since your pictures were taken just hours before the tornado hit, someone in Greensburg might be interested in a copy of them. The local media or a historical group. There a lots of "before and after" pictures on the web now, but yours were taken the day of. It might make them special to Greensburg. Just an idea