Johnstown Flood National Memorial

Johnstown Flood National Memorial

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
Area 164.12 acres (66.42 ha)[1]
Established August 31, 1964
Visitors 111,987 (in 2005)
Governing body National Park Service

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, about 10 miles (16 km) northeast of Johnstown. The memorial preserves the remains of the dam and portions of the former Lake Conemaugh bed. The United States Congress authorized the national memorial on August 31, 1964.

Johnstown Flood damage.
Collapsed wall of South Fork Dam today.
The Unger house above the dam.

References

  1. ^ "The National Parks: Index 2005 - 2007" (PDF).  

External links

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