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

Central Park

 
 
Central Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., June 26, 2009
1. Central Park Marker
Inscription. On May 31, 1889, Central Park was under 18 feet of water and tons of debris. Within a few days, however, the park was cleared off and transformed into a tent city for some of the 6,000 laborers and 580 members of the 14th Pennsylvania Regiment who came to help clean up and rebuild. Most of the workers were sent by the Booth and Flinn Company of Pittsburgh to help remove acres of debris, recover dead bodies, dispose of animal corpses, tear down dangerous structures, and clear the riverbeds. The State Militia, directed by Adjutant General Daniel Hastings, maintained order and coordinated the distribution of supplies to the various relief agencies in the Valley. Temporary shops eventually replaced the tent camps in the park, but throughout the month of June, “Johnstown was a cross between a mining town and a military camp.” The park reopened in 1892.
 
Location. 40° 19.529′ N, 78° 55.11′ W. Marker is in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, in Cambria County. Marker is on Main Street, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is between Park Place and Franklin Street. Marker is in this post office area: Johnstown PA 15901, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Joseph Johns (a few steps from this marker); Johnstown Veterans and War Memorial
Central Park and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., June 26, 2009
2. Central Park and Marker
Looking north toward Gazebo and Park Place.
(within shouting distance of this marker); Greater Johnstown Flood Victims (within shouting distance of this marker); The Grand Army of the Republic Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Tribune Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 1936 Greater Johnstown Flood Victims (about 400 feet away); Market Square (about 400 feet away); World War II Memorial (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Johnstown.
 
Categories. Charity & Public WorkDisastersHeroesMilitaryNotable Places
 
Central Park Marker Photo image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., June 26, 2009
3. Central Park Marker Photo
Flood surviving buildings standing on Main Street: Griffith Drugstore, Alma Hall, Presbyterian Church.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 913 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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