6/10/2000

While in Clarksville, I took

Filed under:General — eric @ 2:40 am

While in Clarksville, I took time to walk around downtown. Clarksvilles an old town (by American standards, dating from the late 1700s) that has managed to hold onto the small town feel to its center while growing to become one of Tennessee’s largest cities. In January of 1999, a number of tornados ripped the downtown to shreds. Survivors said the district looked like a WWII war zone. Today, it looks like a WWII war zone after a considerable influx of Marshall Plan money. It’s going to take a long, long time to rebuild, but they’re off to a good start. It calls itself “The Gateway to the New South”, and I think it’ll be a nice place to visit. Here’s an article from The Tennessean from right after the storm hit, with photos of the damage. Here’s more photos. Finally, in the spirit of what brought me through town in the first place, a story of a wedding that got disrupted by the storm, and how people came together to make things right.

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