Johnstown Flood


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A May 1889 flood in Jonestown, PA, which killed 2,209 people
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He had been a young boy during the "great" 1889 Johnstown flood that devastated the town and is considered one of America's worst disasters.
By the time the house was built in 1891, the Red Cross had provided humanitarian relief for 13 disasters, including the historic Johnstown Flood in Pennsylvania, which killed more than 2,000 people in 1889.
However, on May 31, 1889, in a small town in Pennsylvania, something happened that would become the most reported international news event of the year--the Johnstown Flood.
Experience the local heritage of the region at the nearby Heritage Discover Center and the Johnstown Flood Museum
With the valley crowding up the way it was," wrote David McCullough in his book, The Johnstown Flood, "the need for lumber and land was growing apace.
The house was built after my grandparents and one infant were washed out in the Great Johnstown Flood of May 31,1889.
Others, such as the Johnstown Flood disaster in 1889, caused by a severe rainstorm and a defective dam, were catastrophes caused by a combination of nature and man.
In contrast to the often lofty and magnificent experiences of the child monarchs, SOS: Stories of Survival covers true stories of tragedy and courage including the Johnstown Flood, the Triangle Fire, the Tsunami of 2004, and Hurricane Katrina.
THE AMERICAN PLAGUE: THE UNTOLD STORY OF YELLOW FEVER, THE EPIDEMIC THAT SHAPED OUR HISTORY tells of a virus so destructive that one outbreak cost more lives than the Chicago Fire, the San Francisco Earthquake and the Johnstown flood combined.
And it was good of the editorial to pay tribute to Stanley Woodward, one of the great columnists and great sports editors, who derided an excuse by Earl (Red) Blaik, football coach at West Point, as being equal to blaming the Johnstown flood on a leaky faucet in Altoona.
While urbanization, economics, and politics played a role, this Note concludes that a series of tragic dam failures, particularly the Johnstown Flood of 1889, was the most direct and substantial cause.