Johnstown Flood National Memorial

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Johnstown Flood National Memorial
What remains of the South Fork Dam (11717678065).jpg
Dam abutment and Elias Unger's farm
Map showing the location of Johnstown Flood National Memorial
Map showing the location of Johnstown Flood National Memorial
Location Croyle Township / Adams Township, Cambria County, Pennsylvania, USA
Nearest city Johnstown, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 40°20′44″N 78°46′43″W / 40.34556°N 78.77861°W / 40.34556; -78.77861Coordinates: 40°20′44″N 78°46′43″W / 40.34556°N 78.77861°W / 40.34556; -78.77861
Area 164.12 acres (66.42 ha)[1]
Established August 31, 1964[1]
Visitors 111,987 (in 2005)
Governing body National Park Service
Website Johnstown Flood National Memorial

Johnstown Flood National Memorial commemorates the approximately 2,200 people who died in the Johnstown Flood on May 31, 1889, caused by a break in the South Fork Dam, an earthen structure. The memorial is located at 733 Lake Road near South Fork, Pennsylvania,[1] about 10 miles (16 km) northeast of Johnstown. The memorial preserves the remains of the dam and portions of the former Lake Conemaugh bed, along with the farm of Elias Unger and the clubhouse of the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club which owned the dam and reservoir. The United States Congress authorized the national memorial on August 31, 1964.[1]


See also


  1. ^ a b c d "The National Parks: Index 2005 - 2007" (PDF). National Park Service, US Department of the Interior. p. 75. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2006-10-10. Retrieved 2009-05-07. 

External links

  • Official NPS website: Johnstown Flood National Memorial
  • Run for Your Lives!: The Johnstown Flood of 1889, a National Park Service Teaching with Historic Places (TwHP) lesson plan (archive)
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