'79 to '17: Photos Following Terrible Tuesday

All this week we're looking at images from the days following the 1979 tornado and returning to some of those places today.

Wayne Reed is the general manager at KFDX/KJTL, but after Terrible Tuesday he had to rely on some help to scratch the itch of a budding journalist.

"I was only 15 so I didn't have a driver's license so I had to have my mom drive me all over town and take these photos," Reed said.

That includes a stunning view of the sign at the United Supermarket on Jacksboro Highway.

"That sign just amazed me because obviously the beams on this sign were big enough," Reed said. "I'm not even sure I could wrap my arms around the beams of that sign and the tornado just twisted it like a plastic straw. If you've never seen first hand the devastation of a tornado brings, it's just unbelievable."

Like the Donut Shop, also on Jacksboro Highway, where Reed's dad once worked.

"We equated the whole thing to a war zone."

And, Faith Village that his father owned.

"When the tornado came through, it looked like it came through the front of the building and it took heavy equipment like mixers and proof boxes and refrigerators and glaze machines and things like that and threw all of those things out the back door."

But, the torando left the flour his dad used to make donuts sitting right on the work table and dozens of powerful images his old photo album.

"There are pictures in here of headstones that were driven into the ground in kiwanis park that were picked up from the cemetery across the street, lifted up and just driven down into the dirt."


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