• 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.  As is visible, a spur railroad line connects coal trains with the main line of the railroad.

    Johnstown Flood

    National Memorial Pennsylvania

125th Anniversary Commemoration of the Great Johnstown Flood of 1889


Luminaries line the remains of the South Fork Dam and other park areas.


While the May 31st Anniversary Commemoration has passed, there are still lots of great events planned at Johnstown Flood National Memorial for this 125th Anniversary summer. Many of these events will be held through the end of September. Click here to see the complete Schedule of Events. NOTE: This schedule also includes events held at our sister national park, Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site. For reservations or more information, please call (814) 495-4643. We hope to see you at the following presentations:

Journey Around Lake Conemaugh Van Tours:
These one-hour van tours will be offered three times daily at 10:00 am; 1:00 pm; and 3:00 pm through September 28. These tours take visitors around what was once Lake Conemaugh, with a stop at the South Fork Fishing & Hunting Club Clubhouse. Tours is included with the $4.00 park admission fee.

Path of the Flood Van Tours: (RESERVATIONS REQUIRED)
These 4-hour long tours take visitors along the path of the Great Flood of 1889 from Lake Conemaugh to Johnstown, passing through South Fork, Mineral Point, East Conemaugh and Woodvale along the way. This tour also includes an in-depth tour of the South Fork Fishing & Hunting Club Clubhouse. Tours begin at 1:00 and will be held on the following Saturdays: June 7; July 5 & 19; August 2 & 16; and September 13 & 27. Tour is included in the $4.00 park admission fee.

Path of the Flood Hikes: (RESERVATIONS REQUIRED)
These ranger-guided hikes take visitors along the Path of the Flood Trail. The hikes are about 8 miles in length and last for about 5 hours. Limited to 12 participants. The hikes will take place on the following Sundays: June 8; July 6; and August 31.

Saturday Evening Programs: (Free program with no reservations required)
The following programs will be held at 7 pm on the following Saturdays:
June 14-Clara Barton and the Red Cross
July 26-Rev. David J. Beale, a Survivor's Tale
Aug. 2-125 Years of Commemoration
Sept. 13-Scalp Level School of Art

Did You Know?

Clara Barton

The Flood provided the newly formed American Red Cross under the leadership of Clara Barton with its first test. Barton and her staff of 50 doctors and nurses arrived in Johnstown five days after the flood.