The 1871 St. Louis tornado was an F3tornado that touched down in St. Louis, Missouri on March 8, 1871, at 3:00pm. It traveled east-northeast at 70 miles per hour (113 km/h), cutting a swath up to 250 yards (229 m) wide and 5 miles (8 km) long into East St. Louis, Illinois. Thirty homes were destroyed and 30 severely damaged. Six railroad depots were destroyed with eight deaths in them. One death occurred on a bridge. Overall, 9 people were killed, 60 injured, and $200,000 damage occurred, inflated to $4.8 million.  It is one of four tornadoes (1896, 1927, 1959) that have ripped through the central business district of St. Louis.