Posts Tagged ‘Johnstown Flood’

Path of the Flood Historic Races

Published Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

Photo by Phil Balko. Courtesy of JAHA.

Last year marked the 125th anniversary of the Johnstown flood, and the Johnstown Area Heritage Association (JAHA), National Park Service, and several other partners came together to present a variety of special events to commemorate the occasion. One of the most popular events was a half marathon and 5K on the Path of the Flood Trail, which attracted more than 300 runners. Originally conceived as a one-time event, the races proved to be so popular that they will now be held annually, beginning on May 23, 2015. In fact, the event is expanding — a 10K has been added to the mix this year.


Commemoration of the 125th Anniversary of the Johnstown Flood

Published Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Photo courtesy of the Johnstown Area Heritage Association

On May 31, 1889, an earthen dam in South Fork broke, unleashing a flood wave that would destroy virtually everything in its path and claim 2,209 victims. The weekend of May 30-June 1, 2014, Johnstown will come together to remember the great flood, and celebrate our community.

“The Johnstown flood of 1889 had a major impact on American history, and it remains a truly compelling story,” said Richard Burkert, president of the Johnstown Area Heritage Association (JAHA). “This commemoration gives us the opportunity to build pride in our community’s heritage, promote visitation here, and position our city as an interesting place to live.”


The Stone Bridge

Published Thursday, February 21st, 2013

Photo Courtesy of the Johnstown Area Heritage Association

The Stone Bridge has been a fixture in Johnstown since the late 1800s. This seven-arch bridge was originally built by the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1887. During the Johnstown Flood of 1889, 100,000 tons of debris got caught up in the bridge and caused a massive fire, which killed scores of flood survivors who were trapped in the debris. The bridge survived the flood and its aftermath and is still in use today by the railroad.


Grandview Cemetery

Published Friday, November 11th, 2011

Photograph Courtesy of Grandview Cemetery

Grandview Cemetery was named in 1885 for the “Grand View” of Johnstown that it provides. The history of Grandview has always been tied to the city of Johnstown, both through its tragedies and its triumphant moments. Though perhaps best known for the flood memorial, Grandview Cemetery is also home to several other important historical monuments–these structures represent both the history of our town as well as the history of our country, spanning decades and telling the stories of thousands of lives. (more…)

The Path of the Flood Trail

Published Friday, February 25th, 2011

There are, of course, many sites around Johnstown that commemorate the historic flood of 1889 and one of the most immersive of these is the Path of the Flood Trail. What could be more hands-on than walking or biking the exact path that the waters took as they bounded through our area?