Marker Logo HMdb.org THE HISTORICAL
MARKER DATABASE
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Forty Fort in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Forty Fort Cemetery Lost Graves Memorial

 
 
Forty Fort Cemetery Lost Graves Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., June 26, 2017
1. Forty Fort Cemetery Lost Graves Memorial Marker
Inscription.

On the afternoon of Friday
June 23, 1972
the Susquehanna River

swollen by flood waters of
unprecedented height broke
through the dike at a point
120 yards south of this site.

The swirling water gouged a
four acre chasm out of the
heart of the cemetery displacing
approximately 2500 burials.

This park is dedicated by the
Forty Fort Cemetery Association

to the memory of those
whose gravesites vanished in
that singular catastrophe


 
Erected by Forty Fort Cemetery Association.
 
Location. 41° 17.127′ N, 75° 52.283′ W. Marker is in Forty Fort, Pennsylvania, in Luzerne County. Touch for map. Memorial is in Forty Fort Cemetery. Marker is at or near this postal address: 20 River Street, Kingston PA 18704, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wyoming Seminary Presidents' Lost Graves Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); James Bird (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Forty Fort Meeting House (about 400 feet away); War Memorial (about 400 feet away); Forty Fort
Forty Fort Cemetery Lost Graves Memorial image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., June 26, 2017
2. Forty Fort Cemetery Lost Graves Memorial
Showing area where graves were lost due to Agnes flooding, with Susquehanna River levee in distant background
(about 500 feet away); Denison House (approx. one mile away); a different marker also named War Memorial (approx. 1.1 miles away); Henry M. Hoyt (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Forty Fort.
 
Also see . . .
1. Forty Fort Cemetery Lost Graves Memorial. (Submitted on July 10, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Flood of 1972. (Submitted on July 10, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Cities Under Water, Under Siege: Hurricane Agnes. (Submitted on July 10, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Susquehanna River, PA Hurricane Agnes Flood of 1972. (Submitted on July 10, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
5. Hurricane Agnes documentary on WBRE-TV (1992) Full on YouTube. (Submitted on July 10, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesDisastersWaterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 10, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 10, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 53 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 10, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
Paid Advertisement