Disastrous Floods and the Demise of Steel in Johnstown

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Johnstown is synonymous with floodwaters and steel. When the city was decimated by a flood of biblical proportions in 1889, it was considered one of the worst natural disasters in American history and gained global attention. Sadly, that deluge was only the first of three major floods to claim lives and wreak havoc in the region. The destruction in the wake of the St. Patrick’s Day flood in 1936 was the impetus for groundbreaking federal and local flood control measures. Multiple dam failures, including the Laurel Run Dam in July 1977, left a flooded Johnstown with a failing steel industry in ruins. Author Pat Farabaugh charts the harrowing history of Johnstown’s great floods and the effects on its economic lifeblood.
ISBN: 9781467150019
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Pennsylvania
Series: Disaster
Images: 79
Pages: 192
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Pat Farabaugh is a professor of communications at Saint Francis University in Loretto, Pennsylvania. He has also taught at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Penn State University. He earned his PhD in political and cultural communications from Penn State. His previous books include Carl McIntire’s Crusade Against the Fairness Doctrine and An Unbreakable Bond: The Brotherhood of Maurice Stokes and Jack Twyman. He is also a contributing author to American Sports: A History of Icons, Idols, and Ideas. He and his wife, Jenna, live in Indiana, Pennsylvania
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