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USA Parks
Southwest Region
Johnstown Flood National Memorial
733 Lake Road
South Fork, Pennsylvania   15956

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.
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Hornick's Sporting Goods Inc
316 Broad St
Johnstown, PA
(814) 535-7724

Pcola's Lures
516 5th St
St Michael, PA
(814) 495-5007

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Majestic World Lodge & Retreat
RR 2 Box 301A
Portage, PA
(814) 693-6930

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The Country Willow House - Bedford, PACottages and Cabins
We invite you to be our guests for a relaxing stay where the atmosphere is homey, romantic, and welcoming. We hope you will feel at home at The Country Willow House Situated on a peaceful and secluded property just minutes from historic downtown Bedford, Pennsylvania.
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33.3 miles from park*
Pennsylvania Vacation Home with Views - New Paris, PACottages and Cabins
This beautiful 3 year new vacation home in Bedford County, with 3 Bedrooms and 2 Full Baths, rests on 8.4 acres and is part of a gated rural community that backs up to Gallitzin State Forest.
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18.3 miles from park*
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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

USA Parks
Southwest Region
Johnstown Flood National Memorial
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