Cooper Pants, Area 1

The film clip listed below shows Georgia National Guardsmen patrolling West Broad Street following the tornado of 1936. West Broad Street emerged from the storm one of the most heavily damaged areas in the city. From the Gainesville Midland Railway depot, the tornado reportedly traveled up West Broad Street and across Maple and South Main Streets before entering the Public Square. Upon receiving news of the tornado disaster in Gainesville, Governor Eugene Talmadge authorized the deployment of several hundred Georgia National Guardsmen who provided relief to the city by directing traffic, patrolling streets, and watching over-exposed and vulnerable property.

Film footage

Clip of armed Georgia National Guardsmen patrolling West Broad Street following the tornado, Gainesville, Georgia, 1936 April 6
film clip

Photographs and postcards

Cooper Company building demolished [Piles of pants are visible as onlookers watch the Cooper Pants Factory be demolished], Hall County, Georgia Historical Photograph Collection (Hall County Library System)
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Gainesville Ga after tornado Apr 6-1936 [Men carry a corpse on a stretcher while walking down a pile of debris], Vanishing Georgia (Georgia Archives)
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Gainesville Ga after tornado Apr 6-1936 [Onlookers inspect the damage to the Cooper Pants Factory and the pants strewn over the rubble], Vanishing Georgia (Georgia Archives)
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Photograph of citizens viewing the damage and destruction caused by a tornado, Gainesville, Hall County, Georgia, 1936 Apr. 6, Vanishing Georgia (Georgia Archives)
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