Kalamazoo College 1980 Tornado Damage
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A Polaroid photograph showing some of the damage at Kalamazoo College's Stowe Tennis Stadium after the tornado in May of 1980. The tornado, which hit Kalamazoo on May 13, 1980, traveled down West Main Street, passing Kalamazoo College and continuing into the downtown area. Several were killed and the damages amounted to over $50 million. Kalamazoo College was lucky, with no injuries and only minor damage to the tennis stadium and cars. Almost immediately after the tornado, students and staff mobilized for several days of cleanup assistance in the city. The photographer is not identified.