Johnstown Flood National Memorial, South Fork

#29 of 149 in Nature in Pennsylvania
Johnstown Flood National Memorial commemorates the more than 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, 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.
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  • Recommend visiting the museum in the city ahead of this as it will help inform this visit a bit more. This site, where the dam broke, is about 15 minutes outside the city proper but will give you a...  more »
  • I am a new aficionado of the Flood and this was a Godsend! To walk through the actual lake and dam is just awesome. The visitor center does a good job of telling the story, but it’s this site that.....  more »
  • Awesome visitors center with very helpful and friendly staff. Got there just in time for film. Beautiful little theater. Greusom story of the tragedy. Easy to get to. Don't follow GPS or Google maps they take you screwy route, follow the park signs and you'll hey there easy.
  • The exhibits were well done but it is a relatively small building and much of the information is repeated in the Johnstown museum. Worth it for the good view of where the dam stood and the vanished lake area and the survivor accounts of the flood. The movie was extremely dark, scary and creepy - do not take young or impressionable children in to watch!

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