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The movie is intense and takes you back to 1889. The displays are interesting and well worth the time to study them. more »
This is a great place to visit if in the area and is good for the entire family. The National Park Service does a great job and has incorporated a small theater, museum, walking tour and gift shop. Th... more »
We stopped here for the view and the history lesson but also toured the entire area from the other side of the dam and including the South Fork Clubhouse. To stand on the bluff and gaze down at the br... more »
Very Scenic! A great place to take the whole family. My fair warning is the movie can be scary for children under the age of 10. This is by far the best place to go to learn about the Johnstown Flood. There is a location in downtown Johnstown, but doesn't have as much information on the flood. There also is a place to have a picnic when the weather is nice.
Marry a visit to this site-- which overlooks the failed dam that was 14 miles upstream from Johnstown-- to a visit to Johnstown. This museum is probably the better of the two, with a film of it's own, and exhibits inside and outside. It has an excellent audio interview of one of the survivors, interviewed by David McCullough in 1965 for his excellent book "The Johnstown Flood". This 92 year old man was only 16, and he tells a story that will curl your hair. A short walk outside will allow you to either view the remenants of the failed dam, or if you wish, to walk the trails and see much more. I would strongly suggest you also visit two other museums in the area-- the City of Johnstown has their own flood museum downtown (excellent artifacts and video); and if you're able, go see the Flight 93 National Memorial, which is the spot close by where on September 11, 2001 the passengers overcame the hijackers of flight 93, which crashed. Anyway, the park ranger at this park was great, and the $5 admission fee was reasonable. Enjoy.
Chuck Betsy Berry
Wonderful museum and tour ... our delightful and informative 6 hours were free (we have the National Park Lifetime Pass), but we were of course glad to make a donation anyway. Great 4-hour van tour by our well-informed and entertaining guide, Nathan Koozer. But be sure to sign up in advance, as it was completely sold out (only 12 seats available) in advance the day we were there.
This weekend we toured the 93 Memorial, the Johnstown flood museum, and this Johnston memorial. It was our 'doom and gloom' tour. But despite the horrifying story, this memorial was respectable and enjoyable. The trails around the region invite you to enjoy good weather and shady trees. We enjoyed being able to walk on the failed levy to see the size of the region.
The Johnstown Flood National Memorial is at the site of the dam that failed and flooded Johnstown in 1889. The National Park Service has a visitors center, has observation areas on the two remaining abutments of the dam, owns the 3-story clubhouse of the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club (which owned the dam and surrounding land). The NPS is restoring the clubhouse, and opens portions of it for guided tours. From the South Abutment, there is a trail leading down into the former lake bed, with explanatory markers along the way. Well worth a visit!!!
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