Natural Features & Ecosystems
Once the site of a 450-acre lake, Johnstown Flood National Memorial is now an empty lakebed bordered by rolling hills, farmlands and towns. Woodlands, wet meadows, managed fields, and the South Fork of the Little Conemaugh River make up the landscape today. As a memorial the pastoral setting is appropriate, but stands in contrast to the tumultuous nature of what the landscape must have been that fateful day in 1889 when the dam burst.
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.