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Johnstown Flood National Memorial, South Fork

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  • The National Memorial puts you right at the time of the flood. The film is very moving. From Memorial Day though Labor Day the Park rangers give an informational Van Tour of both sides of the South Fo...  read more »
  • It has been 11 years since my last visit and I am so glad to see that the National Park was able to incorporate the South Fork Club into the site. I enjoyed the addition of the ranger guided tour. Thi...  read more »
  • This is a great NPS site, which tells the story of how common citizens fell victim to the abuse of money and power to build a resort for few. There is a dramatic display with filler exhibits that tell...  read more »
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!!!
  • Always had an interest in this event. Wonderful memorial to this man made tragedy. Glad I stopped. Would recommend.
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