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1889 Johnstown Flood Unidentified Dead Memorial image, Touch for more information
By William Fischer, Jr., June 26, 2009
1889 Johnstown Flood Unidentified Dead Memorial
Pennsylvania (Cambria County), Johnstown — 1889 Johnstown Flood Unidentified Dead
In memory of the unidentified dead from the flood May 31, 1889 — Map (db m21826) HM
Pennsylvania (Cambria County), Johnstown — 1936 Greater Johnstown Flood Victims
In memory of those lost in the March 17, 1936 Greater Johnstown Flood Daniel Gallagher • Cecilia Seifert Wehn Foster W. Buchanan • Henry Belande Mrs. Jacob Fruhlinger • Faber Eckenrod James Langham • Louis F. Ansman Joseph Runko • . . . — Map (db m21885) HM
Pennsylvania (Cambria County), Johnstown — A Success Story
The concrete river channels before you are part of the Pittsburgh District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineer's [sic], Johnstown Local Flood Protection Project (JLFPP). It is the longest paved channelization project in Pennsylvania and one of the largest . . . — Map (db m52760) HM
Pennsylvania (Cambria County), Johnstown — American Red Cross
On June 5, 1889, Clara Barton and a group of American Red Cross volunteers arrived in Johnstown to help the survivors of a devastating flood resulting from the failure of the South Fork Dam. It was one of the first major disaster responses for the . . . — Map (db m74402) HM
Pennsylvania (Cambria County), Johnstown — Calamity and Prosperity
The booming period, from 1867 to 1889, was used to make steel rails and fortunes...Across this rampant industrial expansion, the Great Flood of 1889 rolled like a juggernaught. - Nathaniel Daniel Shappee. A History of Johnstown and the Great Flood . . . — Map (db m76909) HM
Pennsylvania (Cambria County), Johnstown — Cambria City
Founded in 1853, this neighborhood was the first home to immigrants who came to Johnstown to find work in the coal mines and steel mills. Nationality churches and ethnic clubs exemplify the neighborhood's rich and diverse culture. — Map (db m52634) HM
Pennsylvania (Cambria County), Johnstown — Cambria Iron Company Office
On May 31, 1889, the Cambria Iron Company suffered $3,000,000 in damages to its properties throughout the valley, including this building which housed the main office. Cambria Iron was Johnstown's main industry, so the city waited anxiously to . . . — Map (db m53912) HM
Pennsylvania (Cambria County), Johnstown — Cambria Library
On May 31, 1889, Washington Street became one of the main paths of destruction for the raging flood wave from the broken South Fork Dam. There were two buildings on this site: the office residence of Mrs. Hettie Ogle - the Western Union . . . — Map (db m53914) HM
Pennsylvania (Cambria County), Johnstown — Central Park
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 . . . — Map (db m21829) HM
Pennsylvania (Cambria County), Johnstown — Chapin Arch1910
This arch was dedicated posthumously to Anna Morrell Chapin by her husband Philip Chapin, former General Manager of Cambria Iron Company. It was the original entrance to Grandview Cemetery. The switchback road in the picture was replaced by . . . — Map (db m21833) HM
Pennsylvania (Cambria County), Johnstown — Escape of Freedom Seekers Patrick and Abraham
In February 1837, two slaves, brothers Patrick and Abraham, escaped from a farm in Bath, Va. As they made their way to freedom, bounty hunters pursued them and they were wounded. Both black and white abolitionists assisted them on their way through . . . — Map (db m74404) HM
Pennsylvania (Cambria County), Johnstown — First Cambria A.M.E. Zion Church
Formed 1873 in the loft of the Woodvale Tannery by workers there. Organized as Cambria Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church, 1874, at Napoleon and Dibert Sts. About 1877 it moved here. Washed from its foundation in the 1889 flood but later restored. — Map (db m21871) HM
Pennsylvania (Cambria County), Johnstown — Flood Prevention
To commemorate Flood Prevention from these rivers Dedicated to the Flood Correspondents Association of the Flood of 1889 on the fifty-first anniversary May 31, 1940 — Map (db m52761) HM
Pennsylvania (Cambria County), Johnstown — Greater Johnstown Flood VictimsJuly 20, 1977
“A people who have walked in darkness have seen a great light: to them who live in the region of the shadow of death, a light has risen.” Isaiah 9:2 [Names, ages, and residence of the 78 people who died are listed on the monument] . . . — Map (db m21594) HM
Pennsylvania (Cambria County), Johnstown — Johns Street Bridge
Between 1927 and 1999 a 135-foot single-span concrete-encased riveted steel polygonal-chord Pratt pony truss bridge crossed the Little Conemaugh River at this location. First proposed in Henry Hornbostel's 1917 "Comprehensive Plan of Johnstown" the . . . — Map (db m52765) HM
Pennsylvania (Cambria County), Johnstown — Johnstown Civil War Memorial1861-1865
In memory of The Soldiers who fought for the preservation of the Union. — Map (db m21834) HM
Pennsylvania (Cambria County), Johnstown — Johnstown Flood
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. — Map (db m52671) HM
Pennsylvania (Cambria County), Johnstown — Johnstown Local Flood Protection Project
Built (1938-1943) and maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Pittsburgh District), the JLFPP reflects the 1930s move toward a major federal role in local flood protection. This concrete-paved channel project, extending 9.2 miles along . . . — Map (db m52672) HM
Pennsylvania (Cambria County), Johnstown — Johnstown Veterans and War Memorial
In honor of our servicemen and servicewomen past, present, future Ever Vigilant · Ever Free — Map (db m52847) HM
Pennsylvania (Cambria County), Johnstown — Joseph Johns
In commemoration of Joseph Johns (Joseph Schantz) The founder of the City of Johnstown Erected by citizens of German descent of Johnstown June 16, 1913 Zum gedächtnis an Joseph Schantz Grüder der Stadt . . . — Map (db m52848) HM
Pennsylvania (Cambria County), Johnstown — Market Square
On May 31, 1889, the Market House, which held the police station and municipal offices was completely washed away. It had occupied this northeast corner of Market Square, a plot of land laid out by Joseph Johns in his town plan of 1800. After . . . — Map (db m21886) HM
Pennsylvania (Cambria County), Johnstown — Morley's Dog
On May 31, 1889, this post-Civil War, cast iron statue was swept away by the flood wave and carried to a pile of wreckage downstream. After being found amidst the debris, it was returned to the front yard of the James Morley mansion which . . . — Map (db m21835) HM
Pennsylvania (Cambria County), Johnstown — Oklahoma House
Used as temporary housing for survivors of the 1889 flood — Map (db m53913) HM
Pennsylvania (Cambria County), Johnstown — Pennsylvania Railroad Stone Bridge
On May 31, 1889, The main main [sic] thrust of the 30-foot wave from the broken South Fork Dam smashed into the hillside to your left, sparing the PRR stone bridge from its full impact. The bridge held, its arches clogged with debris. The raging . . . — Map (db m52764) HM
Pennsylvania (Cambria County), Johnstown — Sgt. John T. Boxler
In memory of Sgt. John T. Boxler Automotive mechanic U.S. Post Office Johnstown, Pennsylvania Served his country two tours of duty in Vietnam. Gave his life for the American way February 25, 1991 in Operation Desert Storm in Dhahran, . . . — Map (db m21569) WM
Pennsylvania (Cambria County), Johnstown — St. John Cathedral
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. . . . — Map (db m21593) HM
Pennsylvania (Cambria County), Johnstown — The Grand Army of the Republic HallCentral Park Law Building
. . . — Map (db m53802) HM
Pennsylvania (Cambria County), Johnstown — Tribune Building
On May 31, 1889, George T. Swank, editor and publisher of the Johnstown Tribune, was preparing the weekly issue of the paper on the second floor of this building. The rising waters outside drew him to the office windows to report on the . . . — Map (db m53915) HM
Pennsylvania (Cambria County), Johnstown — Walnut Street Bridge
Built in 1917-18, the Walnut Street Bridge was one of the most critial bridges in Johnstown, providing the sole link from the West End to downtown. In 2006, the concrete arch bridge was reconstructed based on plans for the earlier bridge Funded . . . — Map (db m53906) HM
Pennsylvania (Cambria County), Johnstown — World War II Memorial
In reverent and enduring memory of all Americans who fought for a new world of freedom and peace They counted not their lives dear unto themselves — Map (db m53916) HM

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