Joplin Tornado (2011)

Post-tornado tourism map reopens wounds

Post-tornado tourism map reopens wounds

Much of the post-tornado rubble has been removed from Joplin, Mo. But for the city's residents, a six-mile scar of house foundations and turned-up dirt serves as a raw and sorrowful reminder of the epic twister that killed 161 people and destroyed thousands of homes as it swept through around dinner time May 22.

While the community struggles to rebuild, a flap is playing out on Facebook over a map created by the local tourism agency that points out-of-towners to hard-hit areas in the tornado's path. Some residents in this city of about 50,000 are upset by the numbered points of interest and cheery tourism logo superimposed over so much suffering.

"The vast majority of...