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Johnstown Flood National Memorial
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JOHNSTOWN FLOOD NATIONAL MEMORIAL
JOHNSTOWN FLOOD NATIONAL MEMORIAL
733 Lake Road
South Fork, Pennsylvania   15956

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There was no larger news story in the latter nineteenth century after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. The story of the Johnstown Flood has everything to interest the modern mind: a wealthy resort, an intense storm, an unfortunate failure of a dam, the destruction of a working class city, and an inspiring relief effort.

The rain continued as men worked tirelessly to prevent the old South Fork Dam from breaking. Elias Unger, the president of the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club, was hoping that the people in Johnstown were heeding the telegraph warnings sent earlier, which said that the dam might go. When it finally happened, at 3:10 P.M., May 31, 1889, an era of the Conemaugh Valley's history ended, and another era started. Over 2,209 people died on that tragic Friday, and thousands more were injured in one of the worst disasters in our Nation's history.

Johnstown Flood National Memorial is located in southwestern Pennsylvania, about 10 miles northeast of Johnstown. The park contains nearly 165 acres and preserves the remains of the South Fork Dam and portions of the former Lake Conemaugh bed.
FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
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Events
June 1 - September 27
A Journey Around Lake Conemaugh Van Tour
Relax and leave the driving to the Park Rangers at Johnstown Flood National Memorial for our one-hour, "Journey Around Lake Conemaugh" Van Tours. Tours will be held daily at 10:00 am; 1:00 pm; and 3:00 pm daily, from Monday, June 1-Sunday, September 27, 2015. Reservations are encouraged, but not required.

Visitors will board the van at the Visitor Center, travel to the North and South Abutments of the South Fork Dam, as well as the Clubhouse building. They will learn the history of the dam, interesting facts about the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club and its members, and the events of Friday, May 31, 1889.

The tours are included in the park admission fee.

Location: Meet at the Visitor Center, Johnstown Flood National Memorial, Johnstown Flood National Memorial

June 20
Path of the Flood Van Tour

Join a Park Ranger as we trace the path of the Great Johnstown Flood of 1889. The tour will begin at the Johnstown Flood National Memorial and the site of the South Fork Dam and travel through South Fork, Mineral Point, East Conemaugh/Franklin, Woodvale, Johnstown, with a concluding stop at Grandview Cemetery. As we travel through these communities, passengers will learn how they and their citizens were impacted by this awful catastrophe. This free tour begins at 1:00 PM at the Johnstown Flood National Memorial Visitor Center. Space is limited to 12 people and reservations are required. Please call (814) 495-4643 to make reservations.

Location: Johnstown Flood National Memorial

Time: 1:00 PM

July 12
Path of the Flood Hike-Part II: Franklin to the Stone Bridge
This hike is designed to pick up where the Path of the Flood Hike-Part I ends in Franklin Borough, though participating in the first hike is not a necessary prerequisite to either participate in or enjoy this hike. After checking in and a brief orientation at the park Visitor Center, hikers will board a van and be driven to Franklin Borough. From there, the hike will wind through East Conemaugh, Woodvale, and downtown Johnstown, ending at the Stone Bridge. At the Stone Bridge hikers will board another van for the trip back to the park. The hike is free, but RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. Dress appropriately and wear the proper footwear. Please keep in mind that unlike the Path of the Flood Hike-Part I, the terrain is mainly even, but we will be sharing the road with vehicles and other pedestrians. Please call (814) 495-4643 to make reservations and for more information.

Location: Meet at Johnstown Flood National Memorial Visitor Center, Johnstown Flood National Memorial

Time: 11:00 AM

July 18
Path of the Flood Van Tour

Join a Park Ranger as we trace the path of the Great Johnstown Flood of 1889. The tour will begin at the Johnstown Flood National Memorial and the site of the South Fork Dam and travel through South Fork, Mineral Point, East Conemaugh/Franklin, Woodvale, Johnstown, with a concluding stop at Grandview Cemetery. As we travel through these communities, passengers will learn how they and their citizens were impacted by this awful catastrophe. This free tour begins at 1:00 PM at the Johnstown Flood National Memorial Visitor Center. Space is limited to 12 people and reservations are required.

Location: Johnstown Flood National Memorial

Time: 1:00 PM

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Directions
Car - Take US 219 to Saint Michael/Sidman exit. Head East on PA 869. Turn left onto Lake Road at sign for Johnstown Flood National Memorial

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