"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."


Map of the National Parks of Western Pennsylvania

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?

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The Visitor Center is open from 9:00 am-5:00 pm daily and is staffed by park rangers.  This building has interesting exhibits and this is where the park film,

Visitor Center

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.

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The Clubhouse is opened and staffed by a volunteer ususally between Memorial Day and Labor Day from 10:00 am-4:00 pm.

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.

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The North and South abutments of the South Fork Dam are all that remain of the once 931-foot long structure.

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.

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