MAY 31, 1889:  The Johnstown Flood.  Johnstown, PA was destroyed when the South Fork Dam on Lake Conemaugh broke. The official death toll was 2, 209. Image: Johnstown from   History of the Johnstown Flood

MAY 31, 1889: The Johnstown Flood. Johnstown, PA was destroyed when the South Fork Dam on Lake Conemaugh broke. The official death toll was 2, 209. Image: Johnstown from History of the Johnstown Flood

On May 31, 1889 the combination of a horrific storm and unstable dam produced a massive flood that took the lives of more than 2,000 Johnstown residents. The Johnstown Flood museum captures the history surrounding the tragic natural disaster. Exhibits at the museum describe the timeline of the flood and include an interactive map showing the path of the storm, artifacts found after the flood, relief efforts, media representation of the flood and stories of the town’s recovery.

On May 31, 1889 the combination of a horrific storm and unstable dam produced a massive flood that took the lives of more than 2,000 Johnstown residents. The Johnstown Flood museum captures the history surrounding the tragic natural disaster. Exhibits at the museum describe the timeline of the flood and include an interactive map showing the path of the storm, artifacts found after the flood, relief efforts, media representation of the flood and stories of the town’s recovery.

A view of the South and North abutments of the South Fork Dam.  The Visitor Center, Unger House, and Spring House are visible in the background  Johnstown Flood South Fork, PA

A view of the South and North abutments of the South Fork Dam. The Visitor Center, Unger House, and Spring House are visible in the background Johnstown Flood South Fork, PA

Tickets for JJ Grey & Mofro in Johnstown, Flood City Music @ PNG Park

Tickets for JJ Grey & Mofro in Johnstown, Flood City Music @ PNG Park

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