Johnstown Flood

Johnstown Flood
Author: David McCullough
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2007-05-31
Genre: History
ISBN: 9781416561224

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The stunning story of one of America’s great disasters, a preventable tragedy of Gilded Age America, brilliantly told by master historian David McCullough. At the end of the nineteenth century, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, was a booming coal-and-steel town filled with hardworking families striving for a piece of the nation’s burgeoning industrial prosperity. In the mountains above Johnstown, an old earth dam had been hastily rebuilt to create a lake for an exclusive summer resort patronized by the tycoons of that same industrial prosperity, among them Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick, and Andrew Mellon. Despite repeated warnings of possible danger, nothing was done about the dam. Then came May 31, 1889, when the dam burst, sending a wall of water thundering down the mountain, smashing through Johnstown, and killing more than 2,000 people. It was a tragedy that became a national scandal. Graced by David McCullough’s remarkable gift for writing richly textured, sympathetic social history, The Johnstown Flood is an absorbing, classic portrait of life in nineteenth-century America, of overweening confidence, of energy, and of tragedy. It also offers a powerful historical lesson for our century and all times: the danger of assuming that because people are in positions of responsibility they are necessarily behaving responsibly.

The Johnstown Flood An Up2U Historical Fiction Adventure

The Johnstown Flood  An Up2U Historical Fiction Adventure
Author: John and Lisa Mullarkey
Publsiher: ABDO
Total Pages: 80
Release: 2014-09-01
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
ISBN: 9781616419677

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Up2U Adventures�where the ending is Up2U! On May 31, 1889, the rains flooded Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Sarah Beth, her mother, and Vincent�a boy she likes�struggle to save what they can from the flooding. At the same time, her father is working to clear the railroad tracks into town. Who will survive when the dam collapses? The ending is Up2U. Calico Chapter Books is an imprint of Magic Wagon, a division of ABDO Group. Grades 2-5.

History of the Johnstown Flood

History of the Johnstown Flood
Author: Willis Fletcher Johnson
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 445
Release: 1889
Genre: Floods
ISBN: STANFORD:36105025496089

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Ruthless Tide

Ruthless Tide
Author: Al Roker
Publsiher: HarperCollins
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2018-05-22
Genre: Nature
ISBN: 9780062445520

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“Reads like a nail-biting thriller.” — Library Journal, starred review A gripping new history celebrating the remarkable heroes of the Johnstown Flood—the deadliest flood in U.S. history—from NBC host and legendary weather authority Al Roker Central Pennsylvania, May 31, 1889: After a deluge of rain—nearly a foot in less than twenty-four hours—swelled the Little Conemaugh River, panicked engineers watched helplessly as swiftly rising waters threatened to breach the South Fork dam, built to create a private lake for a fishing and hunting club that counted among its members Andrew Mellon, Henry Clay Frick, and Andrew Carnegie. Though the engineers telegraphed neighboring towns on this last morning in May warning of the impending danger, residents—factory workers and their families—remained in their homes, having grown used to false alarms. At 3:10 P.M., the dam gave way, releasing 20 million tons of water. Gathering speed as it flowed southwest, the deluge wiped out nearly everything in its path and picked up debris—trees, houses, animals—before reaching Johnstown, a vibrant steel town fourteen miles downstream. Traveling 40 miles an hour, with swells as high as 60 feet, the deadly floodwaters razed the mill town—home to 20,000 people—in minutes. The Great Flood, as it would come to be called, remains the deadliest in US history, killing more than 2,200 people and causing $17 million in damage. In Ruthless Tide, Al Roker follows an unforgettable cast of characters whose fates converged because of that tragic day, including John Parke, the engineer whose heroic efforts failed to save the dam; the robber barons whose fancy sport fishing resort was responsible for modifications that weakened the dam; and Clara Barton, the founder of the American Red Cross, who spent five months in Johnstown leading one of the first organized disaster relief efforts in the United States. Weaving together their stories and those of many ordinary citizens whose lives were forever altered by the event, Ruthless Tide is testament to the power of the human spirit in times of tragedy and also a timely warning about the dangers of greed, inequality, neglected infrastructure, and the ferocious, uncontrollable power of nature.

Three Rivers Rising

Three Rivers Rising
Author: Jame Richards
Publsiher: Ember
Total Pages: 293
Release: 2011-09
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
ISBN: 9780375853692

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Wealthy Celestia falls in love with Peter, a hired hand, and by the time of the torrential rains that lead to the disastrous Johnstown flood of 1889, she has been disowned by her family and is staying with him in Johnstown.

Johnstown s Flood of 1889

Johnstown   s Flood of 1889
Author: Neil M. Coleman
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2018-07-23
Genre: Science
ISBN: 9783319952161

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Science now reveals the true cause of the dam breach flood that destroyed Johnstown in 1889. The tragic loss of more than 2200 lives was preventable; the initial investigation of the flood was hijacked, delayed, and distorted by powerful members of the industrial elite. This book bridges the gap between history and science, reexamining eyewitness accounts of the flood and historic documents about the investigation, and applying new LiDAR, GPS, and hydraulic studies to solve the mystery – what caused the Great Flood of 1889? The book includes a notable chapter on the “sister” of the South Fork Dam, “The Forgotten Dam” at Hollidaysburg, PA.

Can You Survive the Johnstown Flood

Can You Survive the Johnstown Flood
Author: Steven Otfinoski
Publsiher: Capstone
Total Pages: 112
Release: 2022
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
ISBN: 9781663958952

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On May 31, 1889, heavy rains and a dam failure sent flood waters sweeping into Johnstown, Pennsylvania. The 50-foot-high wall of water quickly demolished much of the town. Will you and your new husband be able to escape certain doom as you wait for your train to leave the station? Can you climb onto your house's roof for safety before the building completely fills with water? Will you join in the effort to save others who are floating by on the roofs of their houses? With dozens of possible choices, it's up to YOU to find a way to survive one of the deadliest disasters in American history.

The Johnstown Flood

The Johnstown Flood
Author: Emma Huddleston
Publsiher: ABDO
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2020
Genre: Floods
ISBN: 9781532176586

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This book examines the scope of the Johnstown Flood disaster, its causes, and how people can keep a similar disaster from happening again. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards.

Disastrous Floods and the Demise of Steel in Johnstown

Disastrous Floods and the Demise of Steel in Johnstown
Author: Pat Farabaugh
Publsiher: Arcadia Publishing
Total Pages: 160
Release: 2021-10-18
Genre: Nature
ISBN: 9781439673799

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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.

History of the Great Flood in Johnstown Pa May 31 1889

History of the Great Flood in Johnstown  Pa   May 31  1889
Author: John Stuart Ogilvie
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 223
Release: 1889
Genre: Dummies (Bookselling)
ISBN: MSU:31293006759116

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Flooded

Flooded
Author: Ann E. Burg
Publsiher: Scholastic Inc.
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2020-10-06
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
ISBN: 9781338541007

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Ann E. Burg explores the deep class divides and social injustice behind one of America's greatest tragedies.

The Johnstown Girls

The Johnstown Girls
Author: Kathleen George
Publsiher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2014-04-01
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9780822979531

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Ellen Emerson may be the last living survivor of the Johnstown flood. She was only four years old on May 31, 1889, when twenty million tons of water decimated her hometown of Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Thousands perished in what was the worst natural disaster in U.S. history at the time. As we witness in The Johnstown Girls, the flood not only changed the course of history, but also the individual lives of those who survived it. A century later, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporters Ben Bragdon and Nina Collins set out to interview 103-year-old Ellen for Ben’s feature article on the flood. When asked the secret to her longevity, Ellen simply attributes it to “restlessness.” As we see, that restlessness is fueled by Ellen’s innate belief that her twin sister Mary, who went missing in the flood, is somehow still alive. Her story intrigues Ben, but it haunts Nina, who is determined to help Ellen find her missing half. Novelist Kathleen George masterfully blends a history of the Johnstown flood into her heartrending tale of twin sisters who have never known the truth about that fateful day in 1889—a day that would send their lives hurtling down different paths. The Johnstown Girls is a remarkable story of perseverance, hard work, and never giving up hope in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. It’s also a tribute to the determination and indomitable spirit of the people of Johnstown through one hundred years, three generations, and three different floods.

The Woman in the Photo

The Woman in the Photo
Author: Mary Hogan
Publsiher: HarperCollins
Total Pages: 432
Release: 2016-06-14
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9780062386946

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In this compulsively-readable historical novel, from the author of the critically-acclaimed Two Sisters, comes the story of two young women—one in America’s Gilded Age, one in scrappy modern-day California—whose lives are linked by a single tragic afternoon in history. 1888: Elizabeth Haberlin, of the Pittsburgh Haberlins, spends every summer with her family on a beautiful lake in an exclusive club. Nestled in the Allegheny Mountains above the working class community of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, the private retreat is patronized by society’s elite. Elizabeth summers with Carnegies, Mellons, and Fricks, following the rigid etiquette of her class. But Elizabeth is blessed (cursed) with a mind of her own. Case in point: her friendship with Eugene Eggar, a Johnstown steel mill worker. And when Elizabeth discovers that the club’s poorly maintained dam is about to burst and send 20 million tons of water careening down the mountain, she risks all to warn Eugene and the townspeople in the lake’s deadly shadow. Present day: On her eighteenth birthday, genetic information from Lee Parker’s closed adoption is unlocked. She also sees an old photograph of a genetic relative—a 19th Century woman with hair and eyes likes hers—standing in a pile of rubble from an ecological disaster next to none other than Clara Barton, the founder of the American Red Cross. Determined to identify the woman in the photo and unearth the mystery of that captured moment, Lee digs into history. Her journey takes her from California to Johnstown, Pennsylvania, from her present financial woes to her past of privilege, from the daily grind to an epic disaster. Once Lee’s heroic DNA is revealed, will she decide to forge a new fate?

The Johnstown Flood 1889

The Johnstown Flood  1889
Author: Daniel Leathers
Publsiher: Mitchell Lane
Total Pages: 32
Release: 2020-02-04
Genre: Nature
ISBN: 9781545749579

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Gertrude Quinn was only six years old when her world was changed forever. In a matter of minutes, she and thousands of other people in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, found themselves fighting for their lives in swirling water that covered their city. Gertrude Quinn was one of the lucky ones. She survived the great Johnstown Flood of 1889. More than 2,200 other people were not as lucky. They died in one of the worst natural disasters in the History of the United States. Even though more than 120 years have passed since this disaster, we can still learn important lessons from the Johnstown Flood. In this book you will find out how the South Fork Dam and heavy rainfall worked together to cause the flood. You will understand the flood better through the stories of people who survived, and see how the nation helped to rebuild the town.

Inventing Disaster

Inventing Disaster
Author: Cynthia A. Kierner
Publsiher: UNC Press Books
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2019-09-06
Genre: History
ISBN: 9781469652528

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When hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires, and other disasters strike, we count our losses, search for causes, commiserate with victims, and initiate relief efforts. Amply illustrated and expansively researched, Inventing Disaster explains the origins and development of this predictable, even ritualized, culture of calamity over three centuries, exploring its roots in the revolutions in science, information, and emotion that were part of the Age of Enlightenment in Europe and America. Beginning with the collapse of the early seventeenth-century Jamestown colony, ending with the deadly Johnstown flood of 1889, and highlighting fires, epidemics, earthquakes, and exploding steamboats along the way, Cynthia A. Kierner tells horrific stories of culturally significant calamities and their victims and charts efforts to explain, prevent, and relieve disaster-related losses. Although how we interpret and respond to disasters has changed in some ways since the nineteenth century, Kierner demonstrates that, for better or worse, the intellectual, economic, and political environments of earlier eras forged our own twenty-first-century approach to disaster, shaping the stories we tell, the precautions we ponder, and the remedies we prescribe for disaster-ravaged communities.