Gainesville seeks marker to remember deadly fire

1:34 AM, Nov 9, 2012   |    comments
An image of downtown Gainesville after the 1936 storm hit there. (Gainesville Times)
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GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) -- Leaders of a northeast Georgia town are seeking a historic marker to commemorate the deaths of dozens of young women, killed when a tornado slammed into their factory and the building caught fire in 1936.

The Gainesville City Council agreed this week to submit an application to the Georgia Historical Society to place a historical marker at the spot.

The tornado that struck Gainesville in 1936 is considered one of the deadliest in U.S. history, with about 200 people killed according to some estimates.

The tornado struck the Cooper Pants Factory, causing a collapse that set off the fire there. Authorities say it killed at least 40 workers who were trapped inside. Some bodies were never identified.

Associated Press

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