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Johnstown, settled in 1770, has experienced three major floods in its history. The "Great Flood" of May 31, 1889, occurred after the South Fork Dam collapsed 14.1 miles (22.7 km) upstream from the city during heavy rains. At least 2,209 people died as a result of the flood and subsequent fire that raged through the debris. Another major flood occurred in 1936. Despite a pledge by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to make the city flood free, and subsequent work to do so, another major flood occurred in 1977. The 1977 flood - in what was to have been a "flood free" city - may have contributed to Johnstown's subsequent population decline and inability to attract new residents and businesses.

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  • 1854 - Johnstown
    Johnstown, a post-town, the largest of Cambria county, Pennsylvania, is situated at the confluence of Conemaugh river with Stony creek, on the...Read MORE...


  • News 1889 - May 31 - Johnstown Flood; 2,209 die in Penn
    South Fork Dam burst, town of Johnstown destroyed, over 2000 deaths
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  • 1891 - June 1 – The Johnstown Inclined Plane opens in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

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    June 1, 1891

  • 1895 - Johnstown
    Johnstown, a city of Cambria co, Pa., on the Conemaugh River, and on the Pennsylvania Railroad, at the W. base of the Alleghany Mountains, 39 miles...Read MORE...


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    Hingston Run Dam, Johnstown, Pa.
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    City Hall
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    City Park, Johnstown, Pa.
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  • News 1902 - July 10 – The Rolling Mill Mine disaster in Johnstown, PA kills 112 miners.

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    July 10, 1902

  • News 1906 - SEVEN DEAD, TWO INJURED. EXPLOSION IN COAL MINE OF CAMBRIA STEEL CO. MANAGEMENT BELIEVES GAS WAS FIRED BY THE SETTING OFF OF A BLAST.
    Johnstown, Pa., Oct. 25. - An explosion occurred in the Cambria Steel Co.'s coal mine here, in which seven men were killed and two severely...Read MORE...


  • 1916
    Johnstown, a city of Cambria oo., Pa., on the Conemaugh River and on the Pennsylvania and the Baltimore and Ohio Rs., at the W. base of the Alleghany ...Read MORE...


  • 1926 - Johnstown
    Johnstown, originally the Indian town of Con-ne-maugh, was founded by Joseph Johns, or Schantz, in 1800. It comprised about 249 acres, embracing a...Read MORE...


  • 1949 - September 15 - WJAC TV channel 6 in Johnstown, PA (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting

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  • 1977 - Johnstown floods killed 85

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  • 1854 - Johnstown
    Johnstown, a post-town, the largest of Cambria county, Pennsylvania, is situated at the confluence of Conemaugh river with Stony creek, on the... Read MORE...

  • News  1889 - May 31 - Johnstown Flood; 2,209 die in Penn
    South Fork Dam burst, town of Johnstown destroyed, over 2000 deaths
    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ patimeln.htm

    The... Read MORE...

  • 1891 - June 1 – The Johnstown Inclined Plane opens in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

    www.wikipedia.org
    June 1, 1891
  • 1895 - Johnstown
    Johnstown, a city of Cambria co, Pa., on the Conemaugh River, and on the Pennsylvania Railroad, at the W. base of the Alleghany Mountains, 39 miles... Read MORE...

  • News  1902 - July 10 – The Rolling Mill Mine disaster in Johnstown, PA kills 112 miners.

    www.wikipedia.org
    July 10, 1902
  • News  1906 - SEVEN DEAD, TWO INJURED. EXPLOSION IN COAL MINE OF CAMBRIA STEEL CO. MANAGEMENT BELIEVES GAS WAS FIRED BY THE SETTING OFF OF A BLAST.
    Johnstown, Pa., Oct. 25. - An explosion occurred in the Cambria Steel Co.'s coal mine here, in which seven men were killed and two severely... Read MORE...

  • 1916
    Johnstown, a city of Cambria oo., Pa., on the Conemaugh River and on the Pennsylvania and the Baltimore and Ohio Rs., at the W. base of the Alleghany ... Read MORE...

  • 1926 - Johnstown
    Johnstown, originally the Indian town of Con-ne-maugh, was founded by Joseph Johns, or Schantz, in 1800. It comprised about 249 acres, embracing a... Read MORE...

  • 1949 - September 15 - WJAC TV channel 6 in Johnstown, PA (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting

    historyorb.com
  • 1977 - Johnstown floods killed 85

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ patimeln.htm

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