- The Johnstown Flood 125th
Johnstown's jewel: Clara Barton made her name - and the Red Cross' - after disaster
When 67-year-old Clara Barton arrived in Johnstown on June 5, 1889, she and her American Red Cross team were met with a scene of devastation.
The Johnstown Flood claimed more than 2,000 lives and left substantial wreckage in its wake.
But it didn’t take long for Barton and the 50 doctors, nurses and relief workers to quickly set up feeding stations, and they immediately began providing medical care, shelter and relief.
125 years later, local Red Cross chapter carries on mission
When Clara Barton left Johnstown 125 years ago, she laid the foundation for an organization that has remained true to its core mission of providing emergency services to those who are faced with hardships.
Following the path of the flood: Just as communities differed, so did disaster's impact on them
A look at the individual communities affected by the flood.
Leaders look toward city on anniversary
The 1889 Johnstown Flood is not only an important part of the city’s identity, but it is also a piece of Pennsylvania’s rich history.
So, on the 125th anniversary of the disaster, three of the commonwealth’s most well-known elected officials - Gov. Tom Corbett, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey Jr. and U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey - have taken the time to share their thoughts with the community, as have City of Johnstown Mayor Frank J. Janakovic and U.S. Rep. Keith Rothfus, who represents the municipality in Washington, D.C.
Here are their words.
Tragic events of 1889 inspired many authors
The 1889 Flood provides both a wealth of information for historians to write about and a tragic event for novelists to use as a backdrop to their plots.
Stories have been told about true-life survivors, wealthy owners of the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club and community leaders for more than a century now. Fictional lovers, time travelers and little children have had their lives impacted by the disaster, too.
Here is a quick look at some books - from the fiction and nonfiction shelves - that involve the disaster.
Bumpy ride: Railroads reopened quickly, but restoration of roads took years
A Johnstown resident seeking to get around in 1889 had limited transportation options, and the flood swept away almost all of those choices.
As survivors searched for lost loved ones and sought shelter for themselves, their efforts were hindered in the aftermath of the devastating floodwaters that destroyed nearly every roadway in and around the city.
National Park Service sites 'tell the American story'
Five National Park Service sites in western Pennsylvania illustrate not only the agency’s mission of preservation, but the region’s rich and diverse role in American history.
MEMORIAL EVENTS | Region ready to mark flood anniversary
Myriad activities will be offered to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the Johnstown Flood. Click here for a schedule.
Looking back: Woman had family members survive, perish in 1889 flood
Just before the South Fork Dam broke on May 31, 1889, Archie Reynolds, his wife and daughter made their way to the roof of their Woodvale home.
- Johnstown's jewel: Clara Barton made her name - and the Red Cross' - after disaster