The night of May 11, 1970, Bill Whorton found himself escorting 25 ladies from the Lubbock Club to their cars as a storm approached. Just hours later, he found himself capturing pieces of history.
He photographed images of the damage left behind by the tornado. Whorton says he walked through the damage for hours, taking pictures of overturned cars, the rubble of buildings and torn up highways.
"It didn't occur to me at the time I might be recording this for posterity, I just wanted pictures of something very unusual that happened in the community," said Whorton.
Whorton's pictures are now part of the Southwest Collection at Texas Tech University.
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