The Johnstown Flood of Friday, May 31, 1889, was one of the the worst disasters-natural or man made-in American history. After years of mistreatment, abuse, and lack of care, the South Fork Dam, owned at the time by the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club, failed on Friday, May 31, 1889 sending a wall of water through the Conemaugh Valley that ultimately struck and destroyed Johnstown.
The Johnstown Flood National Memorial is located in South Fork, Cambria County, PA at the site of the South Fork Dam. A visit to the Johnstown Flood National Memorial allows the visitor to take in the scope and size of the disaster, to see the ruins of the South Fork Dam, and to formulate their own conclusions as to who or what exactly was responsible for the destruction of the South Fork Dam.
Use this website to learn more about this disaster and to plan your visit!
Last updated: January 22, 2021