‘The sky was a color I could not remember seeing before’: Community shares stories of 1974 Xenia tornado

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

A series of dramatic photographs from the Dayton Daily News archive documents in gritty black and white the devastation left in Xenia by a 1974 tornado.

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

Recognizing the 43rd anniversary of the Xenia tornado of 1974, we published stories and photos this morning showing the ruin left in its wake.

In comments left on staff Facebook pages, members of the community shared their memories, from grossly colored skies to flipped school buses to mementos found blocks away.

Here are some of those shared memories: