Marker [085]
The Great Sherman Storm Of 1896
(West Hill Cemetery, Sherman)


In the late afternoon of Friday, May 15, 1896, a disastrous tornado swept Sherman, killing about 66 persons, injuring many others, and causing severe property damage.

The twister touched down near here, then cut a 2-mile-long path through the city. The same funnel and several smaller ones struck at other locations in the area. Most of the town's victims were buried in this cemetery. After the tragedy, citizens of Sherman and neighboring towns helped with the rebuilding and relief contributions were sent from many distant places.