On May 31, 1889 the combination of a horrific storm and unstable dam produced a massive flood that took the lives of more than 2,000 Johnstown residents. The Johnstown Flood museum captures the history surrounding the tragic natural disaster. Exhibits at the museum describe the timeline of the flood and include an interactive map showing the path of the storm, artifacts found after the flood, relief efforts, media representation of the flood and stories of the town’s recovery.
Johnstown Flood - Occurred on May 31, 1889 as a result of the catastrophic failure of the South Fork Dam situated 14 miles upstream of Johnstown, Pennsylvania and killed more than 2,200 people. It was the first major disaster relief effort handled by the new American Red Cross, led by Clara Barton. Support for victims came from all over the United States and 18 foreign countries.