"The Dam is Becoming Dangerous and May Possibly Go!"
The South Fork dam failed on Friday, May 31, 1889 and unleashed 20,000,000 tons of water that devastated Johnstown, PA. The flood killed 2,209 people but it brought the nation and the world together to aid the "Johnstown sufferers." The story of the Johnstown Flood reminds us all, "...that we must leave nothing undone for the preservation and protection of our brother men."
Explore the National Parks of Western Pennsylvania
Western PA is the home to five National Park sites showcasing the history of the region and beauty of the outdoors. What discoveries will you make?Read More
Visitor Center is open 9:00 am-5:00 pm every day. Every hour, the park film is shown at :15 past the hour beginning at 9:15.Read More
The South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club Clubhouse
The Clubhouse of the once powerful South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club. Imagine the view across Lake Conemaugh and life in the lap of luxury.Read More
The Remains of the South Fork Dam
Imagine over 20,000,000 tons of water being penned in by this dam. That's how much was in it when it broke on Friday, May 31, 1889.Read More
Did You Know?
The Dam was originally built by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as a reservoir for the canal basin in Johnstown. It took from 1838-1853 to construct and fill, yet the canal system was obsolete by 1854.