The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 68, July 1964 - April, 1965 Page: 108
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall recently approved Fort
Richardson in Jacksboro, Texas, as one of the forty-eight sites to
be registered national historic landmarks. The fort, which was
occupied by the United States Army from 1867 to 1878, presently
houses a museum and a library.
The Galveston News recently carried a feature article on Anne
Brindley, one of the truly outstanding members of the Associa-
tion. Mrs. Brindley has served as president of the Galveston His-
torical Society and the Galveston Historical Association and was
chosen to name a committee to select historical markers for Gal-
veston. She contributed much in time and effort to see the Sam-
uel May Williams home restored in Galveston and is continuing
to work for the preservation of an Old Galveston Quarter as a
lasting historical monument and asset to the port city.
The United States Department of Commerce, Weather Bureau,
and the Texas State Climatologist have recently produced the
following statement concerning Texas tornadoes:
Tornadoes have occurred in Texas during all months of the year,
but occur with greatest frequency during April, May, and June.
Approximately 62 per cent occur during this three-month period.
Peak tornado activity is reached in May. From 1916 to 1962, some
1,424 of these violent storms are known to have touched ground
within the state, resulting in 865 deaths. The most disastrous of these
occurred at Goliad in 19o2, and at Waco in 1953, as 114 persons lost
their lives in each storm. The greatest number of tornadoes reported
in Texas was 145 in 1957. Tornadoes occur with greatest frequency
in North Central Texas, and are quite rare in the Trans-Pecos. More
tornadoes have occurred in Texas than in any other state. Kansas
ranks second and Oklahoma third. Actually, the number of tor-
nadoes occurring in Texas is quite small considering the size of the
state. In the forty-seven-year period, 1916-1962, there has been an
average of only one 'tornado for each 188 square miles of land area.
Oklahoma has had one tornado for each sixty square miles, and
Kansas, one tornado for each sixty-five square miles of land area.
On April 2, 1958, for the first time in history, a tornado near
Wichita Falls was tracked by U. S. Weather Bureau Doppler radar
equipment, utilizing the same principle employed by highway patrols
in measuring the speed of automobiles. In this storm, rotating winds
up to 28o miles per hour were clocked. Tornado destruction is caused
by either these violent rotating winds which are of sufficient force
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