5 Tornado Ghost Towns

Chris Dolce
Published: March 27, 2013

Glazier, Texas

National Weather Service - Amarillo

Glazier, Texas

The only house left standing in Glazier after the town was leveled.

On April 9, 1947, an F5 tornado roared across the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles.

The tornado leveled Glazier, Texas and almost took out all of Higgins, Texas before going on to produce widespread devastation in Woodward, Okla.

According to a report from the National Weather Service in Amarillo, Texas, only one residence and a concrete jail survived in Glazier after the tornado ripped a 600-yard wide path of destruction across the town. Although Higgins and Woodward recovered, the report says that the town of Glazier did not, although a few residents call Glazier home.

Altogether, 181 people were killed by the tornado, making it the sixth deadliest tornado in history. In Woodward alone, 107 people lost their lives. A total of 17 people died in Glazier, which is a significant number considering the town only had a population of 200 at the time.

For our last ghost town, we go to a town that was already on its last leg.

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