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

Johnstown Flood

 
 
Johnstown Flood Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 7, 2009
1. Johnstown Flood Marker
Inscription.
On May 31, 1889, a wall of water and wreckage 35 feet high traveled 14 miles from the broken South Fork Dam, destroying more than 1,600 homes and claiming 2,209 lives. Public and private efforts from across America helped Johnstown to rebuild.
 
Erected 2004 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Location. 40° 19.778′ N, 78° 55.422′ W. Marker is in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, in Cambria County. Marker is at the intersection of Johns Street and the bridge over Little Conemaugh River, on the left when traveling north on Johns Street. Click for map. 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. American Red Cross (within shouting distance of this marker); Johns Street Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Johnstown Local Flood Protection Project (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Flood Prevention (about 400 feet away); Pennsylvania Railroad Stone Bridge (about 400 feet away); A Success Story (about 500 feet away); Walnut Street Bridge (approx. 0.2 miles away); Oklahoma House (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Johnstown.
 
Related marker.
Johnstown Flood Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 7, 2009
2. Johnstown Flood Marker
Looking NNW from the bridge
Click here for another marker that is related to this marker.
 
Also see . . .
1. Johnstown Flood National Memorial. (Submitted on February 15, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. History of the Johnstown Flood. (Submitted on February 15, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. DisastersWaterways & Vessels
 
<i>Johnstown Flood, May 31st, 1889. No. 15, General view of Johnstown looking towards Kernville</i> image. Click for full size.
By Ernest Walter Histed, 1889
3. Johnstown Flood, May 31st, 1889. No. 15, General view of Johnstown looking towards Kernville
Printed on mount at bottom: Johnstown Flood, May 31st, 1889. Loss from 10,000 to 12,000 lives. Photo courtesy of Library of Congress.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 581 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   3. submitted on . This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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