"Defects in the Big Dam: The Cause of the Flood at Johnstown"

Title

"Defects in the Big Dam: The Cause of the Flood at Johnstown"

Description

This newspaper article, published on June 9, 1889 just a week after the disastrous flood devastated Johnstown, Pennsylvania, and the surrounding areas, discusses how the South Fork Dam collapsed and led the destructive volume of water down into the valley, annihilating everything in its path in the process. Civil engineer H.W. Brinckerhoff was dispatched to Johnstown and the South Fork Dam to assess the damage and determine how the earthen dam failed and led to the tragedy that befell the town.

Creator

New York Times

Source

New York Times

Date

6 September 1889

Contributor

Matthew Schuller

Format

Newspaper

Type

Text

Coverage

1800-1899

Files

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Citation

New York Times, “"Defects in the Big Dam: The Cause of the Flood at Johnstown",” Disaster History Archive, accessed October 23, 2021, http://disasterhistoryarchive.cynthiakierner.org/items/show/41.

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