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Vaughn/Bynum (Hill County) Tornado
1959

By Marlene Bradford
Under cover of darkness a tornado, at times one mile wide, cut a ten-mile long path from the community of Vaughn to the village of Bynum on March 31, 1959. Five people died in four different homes that collapsed around them, including a brother and sister and an elderly woman in Vaughn and two men in Bynum. Near Bynum, Mrs. C.B. Bruner, the wife of an Air Force doctor, perished when the storm tossed the car in which she, her husband, and two children were riding, one hundred yards. Thirty-one suffered injuries. Those who escaped injury included the Bill Orr family who huddled under a bed as the tornado demolished their house. The National Weather Service retroactively rated this tornado an F4, with winds exceeding 200 miles per hour.
© Marlene Bradford
July 18, 2014
Hill County Texas 1907 Postal map
Hill County 1907 postal map showing Vaughn & Bynum
(SW, SE of Hillsboro, respectively)

Courtesy Texas General Land Office
See Texas Tornadoes: The Lone Star State’s Deadliest Twisters

See Also
Vaughn, Texas
Bynum, Texas


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