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Fire breaks out at stone bridge
Fire breaks out at stone bridge
Description: I decided to put the following pictures on line. The pictures here tell the story, of the great flood on May 31, 1889. Was it the weather, all that heavy rain or was it a faulty dam that caused 20 million tons of water to crash into the city of Johnstown 12 miles down stream. The wall of water whe it hit Johnstown had a force equal to Niagara Falls.

Date Taken: 9/7/2007
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City: st michael
State: pennsylvania
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Country: United States
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This picture an artist made it showing the loss of life at the stone bridge. Check out the mom holding her baby on the ground. Also they are naked... -- jodimiller
question the picture shows the water going over the bridge, did it really do this. What happened when all this water went down stream, did it flood in Pittsbugh... -- jodimiller
Yet no city, county, or state legislation was enacted to protect people from similar disasters in the future. Suits were filed against the members of the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club, but in keeping with the times, the courts viewed the dam break as an act of God, and no legal compensation was made to the survivors. -- johnstownwildfire
The city would continue to suffer nuisance floods, with water in the streets and in peoples basements especially in the spring of the year. It would be another 47 years, and not until more property was destroyed and more lives lost, until some constructive efforts were made to control the waters that flowed through Johnstown. -- johnstownwildfire
Some continued to wait out the disaster in their houses, others were picked up by the flood wave for a wild ride through the town to the Pennsylvania Railroad Companys Stone Bridge where debris piled 40 feet high and over 30 acres, then caught fire. Still others were shot down the Conemaugh River to die or be rescued at Nineveh, Bolivar or other communities downstream -- johnstownwildfire
Those who saw it coming described it as a rolling hill of debris about 40 feet high and a halfamile wide. But most only heard the thunderous rumble as it swept into the city to add Johnstown to a wake that already included bits and pieces of the communities of South Fork, Mineral Point, Woodvale and East Conemaugh. -- johnstownwildfire
Within the hour, a body of water which engineers at the time estimated moved into the valley with the force of Niagara Falls, rolled into Johnstown with 14 miles of accumulated debris, which included houses, barns, animals and people, dead and alive. -- johnstownwildfire
Some of these floods were caused when heavy snows melted too quickly in the spring. And others, at any season of the year, when a heavy rain fell over the area. Whichever, floods were a fact of life to the nineteenth century resident of this industrial community in southwestern Pennsylvania. And, in the late afternoon of May 31, 1889, people were gathered in the upper stories of their homes, waiting out the worst of it, just as they had done many times before. -- johnstownwildfire
Yes, people in Pittsburgh realized Johnstown had flooded when they saw the debris floating by ... Some of the water did go over ... most was stuck there ... -- BeckyMarie
 
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