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Johnstown in Cambria County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

St. John Cathedral

 
 
St. John Cathedral Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., June 26, 2009
1. St. John Cathedral Marker
Inscription. On May 31, 1889, St. John Gualbert's parish experienced not only a great loss, but also a nearly miraculous rescue. The church itself burned down in the midst of the floodwaters, having caught fire when the burning Wolfe residence crashed into it. However, in the nearby convent, the nine Sisters of Charity had retreated to a small second-floor chapel when the wave struck. The raging water tore away two-thirds of the building, but the chapel corner remained intact, and all the nuns were rescued the next morning.

The present church, a block from the original site, was completed in 1896 and is one of Johnstown's earliest examples of the use of structural steel in building.
 
Location. 40° 19.517′ N, 78° 54.926′ W. Marker is in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, in Cambria County. Marker is at the intersection of Clinton Street and Locust Street, on the right when traveling north on Clinton Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 117 Clinton Street, Johnstown PA 15901, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sgt. John T. Boxler (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Greater Johnstown Flood Victims (about 700 feet away); Johnstown Veterans and War Memorial
St. John Cathedral and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., June 26, 2009
2. St. John Cathedral and Marker
(about 800 feet away); Tribune Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Joseph Johns (approx. 0.2 miles away); Central Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Grand Army of the Republic Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); 1936 Greater Johnstown Flood Victims (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Johnstown.
 
Categories. Churches, Etc.DisastersNotable BuildingsNotable Events
 
St. John Cathedral and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., June 26, 2009
3. St. John Cathedral and Marker
St. John Cathedral Marker Photos image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., June 26, 2009
4. St. John Cathedral Marker Photos
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 936 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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