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Greensburg, Kansas
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    (1886- )
    Born in Kansas
    Located in Kiowa County, Kansas
    Population: over 1,400 (2004)
    Home of World's Largest Hand-Dug Well and World's Largest Pallasite Meteorite
    Entire city was mostly destroyed by a tornado (May 4, 2007)
    Its namesake Donald 'Cannonball' Green was flamboyant, boastful and once ejected Carry A. Nation from his coach after she grabbed a cigar from his mouth and threw it away.
    The Big Well construction cost in 1887 was nearly $45,000.
    A city website emphasized that 'real' Kansans have visited the Big Well attraction along with various tourists.
    The meteorite influenced a bio-physicist to relocate from Chicago, Illinois to Greensburg for further study.
    Some people considered the city's situation worse than more fatal tornado incidents due to the entire city's near destruction.
    The tornado that struck the city left it 95% damaged and killed 10 people.
    The Big Well was 109 feet deep, 32 feet in diameter and was constructed to provide water for steam engine trains passing through town.
    The well became a tourist attraction in 1939 and the city's main claim to fame before the tornado.
    The 1,000 pound meteorite was discovered in Kiowa County in 1949, moved to Greensburg and was one of the few things left undamaged by the tornado.
    George W. Bush visited the city (May 9, 2007) to survey tornado damage and offer support.
    After the tornado, the city received recognition and support from celebrities including Sesame Street performers and former Kansas residents Kirstie Alley, Martina McBride, and Phil Stacey.
    Its citizens are determined to rebuild their city.

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