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Remembering Ruskin Heights

photo: courtesy of the Kansas City Public Library

By Maria Carter


Kansas City, MO – Around 6:30 on a Monday evening almost fifty years ago, a weather volunteer spotted a tornado near rural Williamsburg, Kansas. That tornado traveled some 70 miles northeast into the Kansas City area and became one of the most infamous in the city's history, leveling the Ruskin Heights Neighborhood and killing more than forty people. KCUR's Maria Carter reports.

Learn about the homecoming for Ruskin Heights Tornado Survivors, view photos from the Kansas City Public Library's archival collection and read memories from survivors here.

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