Thurman, Colorado facts for kids
|State||State of Colorado|
|Elevation||4,876 ft (1,486 m)|
|Time zone||MST (UTC-7)|
|• Summer (DST)||MDT (UTC-6)|
|GNIS feature ID||0195021|
Thurman was established about 1902. The Thurman Post Office opened in July 1904, but closed on August 10, 1924. The town once boasted a population of over 150 people, but declined after the 1924 tornado.
On Sunday August 10, 1924, storm clouds were building after an unusually hot day when the mercury reached 96 degrees. Afternoon rains began and stopped at about 12:30. Suddenly things became quiet, but clouds turned a dark black color; at about 1:00 pm, two farmers in the town spotted a large 1/2 mile wide tornado about 3 miles west of there. The tornado traveled in a north-easterly direction.The tornado struck the town head-on with full force and demolished almost every building in the small community. The tornado was thought to be an F4 to low end F5, with winds exceeding 210 mph, which killed 10 people. Making this the strongest and deadliest tornado in Colorado history. After the tornado, the population declined and many who survived moved to nearby towns and the post office closed. The cemetery and a small complex of houses remain today.
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