MAY 31, 1889:  The Johnstown Flood.  Johnstown, PA was destroyed when the South Fork Dam on Lake Conemaugh broke. The official death toll was 2, 209. Image: Johnstown from   History of the Johnstown Flood

MAY 31, 1889: The Johnstown Flood. Johnstown, PA was destroyed when the South Fork Dam on Lake Conemaugh broke. The official death toll was 2, 209. Image: Johnstown from History of the Johnstown Flood

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Johnstown Flood Photos 1889 | Photo Gallery: Damage Done by the Johnstown Flood of 1889

Johnstown Flood Photos 1889 | Photo Gallery: Damage Done by the Johnstown Flood of 1889

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The seven arches bridge in Johnstown after the flood. The bridge caught a huge amount of debris that had collected in the flood waters during the 14 mile journey from Lake Conemaugh to Johnstown. On the night of the flood that debris pile caught on fire.

The seven arches bridge in Johnstown after the flood. The bridge caught a huge amount of debris that had collected in the flood waters during the 14 mile journey from Lake Conemaugh to Johnstown. On the night of the flood that debris pile caught on fire.

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