"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."
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?
Some survivors were housed in "Oklahoma" houses, one of the first kind of temporary prefabricated homes ever made. Others lived in Red Cross "hotels."