Public Square, Area 4

The following film clip shows relief workers and casual observers surveying tornado damage around the west and north sides of the Public Square on South Main and West Washington Streets. Eyewitness accounts reported seeing two separate tornados converge before entering the south side of the business district and traveling east through the Public Square on the morning of April 6, 1936. Nearly every building on the Public Square suffered extensive damage; however, due to the magnanimous effort of thousands of relief workers, many stores in the Public Square along South Main and West Washington Streets were able to reopen for business in the days and weeks following the great disaster.

Film footage

Clip taken from Bradford Street section of the public square of the damage to Main and Washington Streets, Gainesville, Georgia, 1936 April 6
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Photographs and postcards

Destruction of the Gainesville Public Square, Hall County, Georgia Historical Photograph Collection (Hall County Library System)
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Gainesville Public Square after the 1936 tornado [View from above the public square featuring the National Guard encampment], Hall County, Georgia Historical Photograph Collection (Hall County Library System)
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Gainesville Public Square after 1936 tornado [View of debris in the center of the square and of the George P. Estes Company building], Hall County, Georgia Historical Photograph Collection (Hall County Library System)
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Gainesville Public Square after 1936 tornado [View of debris in the public square and of the intersection of South Main and West Washington Streets], Hall County, Georgia Historical Photograph Collection (Hall County Library System)
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Gainesville Public Square after 1936 tornado [View of public square and the intersection of West Spring and South Main Streets], Hall County, Georgia Historical Photograph Collection (Hall County Library System)
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Gainesville Public Square clean again, Hall County, Georgia Historical Photograph Collection (Hall County Library System)
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Local and volunteer workers cleaning up streets on day of storm, Hall County, Georgia Historical Photograph Collection (Hall County Library System)
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Rebuilding of Gainesville, Georgia [View of the rebuilding of the public square and of South Main Street], Hall County, Georgia Historical Photograph Collection (Hall County Library System)
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Reconstructed East Washington Street, Hall County, Georgia Historical Photograph Collection (Hall County Library System)
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Tornado 1936 [View of the public square with West Washington Street in the background], Hall County, Georgia Historical Photograph Collection (Hall County Library System)
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