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John Hess drove his train to East conemaugh
John Hess drove his train to East conemaugh
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
Country: United States
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an American hero... Read the story folks... John Hess saved countless lives. -- jodimiller
The Pennsylvania Canal Company maintained most of its waterways until 1901. However, after the floods of 1889, use of the old Juniata Division became impracticable except for a few miles above Duncans Island and, after the flood of 1894 hopelessly damaged the Susquehanna and Tidewater Canal cargoes could not longer be boated onwards from the Easter Division to Atlantic ports. The Union Canal had closed ten years earlier in 1884.These boats pursued their leisurely way from lock to lock -- johnstownwildfire
Um ...his train ride sadly ended a block from my house. RIP to this hero. John ... do you think you could get the guys to stop coupling the trains at 3 am? I need my beauty rest ... -- BeckyMarie
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