On this date in 1889- The Johnstown Flood

On this date in 1889-the South Fork Dam located 14 miles upstream from Johnstown, Pennsylvania failed. Made worse by a few days of heavy rains-over 4.8 billion gallons of water hit Johnstown and killed over 2200 people and caused $17 million dollars in damages[in 1889 money} This was the first major disaster relief  in which Clara Barton’s Red Cross got involved.

THE book about the Johnstown Flood -was the first book the great David McCulloch wrote back in the late 1960’s. Highly recommended[ as is anything McCulloch writes} there was also an excellent documentary on the flood-on one of those “The American Experience” shows from about 20 years ago.

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