Remembering the Johnstown Flood | Wallpaper

Johnstown Flood National Memorial national park service archive

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This wallpaper shows Johnstown Flood National Memorial in Pennsylvania. The South Fork dam failed on Friday, May 31, 1889 and unleashed 20,000,000 tons of water that devastated Johnstown, Pa. The flood killed 2,209 people but it brought the nation and the world together to aid the "Johnstown sufferers." There was no larger news story in the latter nineteenth century after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

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