Historic Markers Across Alabama

The Storms of 1974

Marker ID: ABT 
Location: US 278 & US 43, city park, Guin, AL
County: Marion
Coordinates: N 33° 57.945    W 087° 54.870
  33.96575    -87.9145
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMPXW2



On April 3, 1974, the Guin area was struck by an outbreak of violent tornadoes which still rank among the most severe in recorded history. The tornado which struck downtown Guin was classified as an F5 super cell tornado registering speeds of up to 250 miles per hour. Twenty-Three local people lost their lives that night and hundreds more were injured. About 2,000 residents were left homeless from the total loss of 221 homes and partial damage to 358 more. Guin's business district was flattened, with 55 businesses, its hospital, City Hall, and rural electric office all sustaining damage. The Baptist, Church of Christ, and Methodist Churches were also demolished. In the months after the storm, The Alabama National Guard, U.S. Small Business, H.U.D. Administration, the American Red Cross, and thousands of volunteers from all over America poured into Guin to assist in the rebuilding effort.

The Alabama Tourism Department and The City of Guin

End of The Storms of 1974