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The town of De Soto was pretty much obliterated during the so-called ‘Tristate Tornado’ of 1925-March-18th. This was a truly freak tornado, hugely extraordinary for the speed with which it moved across the country, and it’s duration, generally reckoned at 3hr 37min. Meteorologists are baffled by it to this day, as it seems to have vastly exceeded the bounds that current evidence indicates obtain on the parameters of tornados. Some have hypothesised that it was actually a series or group of tornados, a hypothesis more plausible by reason of no-one having actually witnessed the usual funnel formation characteristic of tornados: all that anyone saw of its passage was a dense black cloud. Whatever it was, its swath extended over three states – Missouri, Illinois, & Indiana, wrecking close to obliteration other towns, such as Annapolis Missouri, where it wrecked the buildings of the lead-mine at Leadanna on it’s outskirts; Murphysboro Illinois; & Frankfort Indiana, amongst others. The toll of fatalities is officially 695.