• 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

Environmental Factors

Two persistent problems at Johnstown Flood National Memorial are non-native plants that are invading the native plant communities and acidic, abandoned mine drainage that flows through the park. Non-native plants that are highly invasive and threaten the park's resources include exotic bush honeysuckles, giant knotweed and Japanese knotweed. Abandoned mine drainage that flows through the park originates upstream near the communities of Saint Michael and Beaverdale.

Monitoring in the Context of Climate Change

Did You Know?

locomotive 1889 style

Before the flood hit East Conemaugh, train engineer John Hess tried to warn the residents by tying his train whistle down and racing to town ahead of the wave.