On January 12, 1890 a tornado formed Southwest of Washington University and moved NE into St. Louis City, where the maximum intensity and deaths occurred.

Four people were killed and 15 injured.

Eventually, the storm crossed the Mississippi River just south of Venice.  Over 100 homes and other buildings were unroofed or damaged.  Many smokestacks, steeples, and chimneys were blown down.  The deaths occurred in collapsed brick buildings.