Ruskin Heights Tornado





This was originally filmed in 8mm by Art Peterson the day after the May 20, 1957 F5 tornado that leveled Ruskin Heights in Kansas City, MO. It was shot at approximately 108th and Ruskin Way, just across from the Ruskin High School football field. This does not include any actual tornado footage, but does include the neighborhood, Salvation Army, the National Guard and damage to homes and cars.

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8 thoughts on “Ruskin Heights Tornado

  1. I live a few blocks down from the Ruskin highschool, and I can recognize some of these houses. I see them almost everyday and yet I never stopped to think that they were there during that tornado.

  2. I was 2 years old and remember it clearly. we hid under my Dad's woekbench in the basement listening to a portable radio at 75th and Gregory Blvd. Lifted up less than a mile from our home. Drove to see the aftermath the next day!

  3. Colleen, I am currently working on a documentary coinciding with the 60th anniversary of the Ruskin Heights tornado for PBS. Would love to have permission to use this footage. You can contact us at msherry@kcpt.org. Thank you.

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