Johnstown Flood National Memorial Travel Guide

  • Visitors Center
    Visitors Center
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  • The former site of the South Fork Lake
    The former site of the South Fork Lake
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  • Visitor Center in old club president Unger's barn
    Visitor Center in old club president...
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    Old South Fork Clubhouse remains to be restored 1 more image

    by mtncorg Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Several homes along with the original clubhouse still stand in the little town of St Michael. The lake level was along the street that runs in front of the buildings, well above the rest of today’s town. The clubhouse and three of the former homes have been donated to the Park. Many homes were abandoned after the dame broke - not much of a lake resort to return to. The club sold of its buildings over the next few years and the former clubhouse served to house coal workers - coal was discovered at the bottom of the former lake - and operate as a hotel, respectively. The clubhouse’s last service was to operate as a rooming house/biker bar. With years of neglect, the National Park Service has its work cut out for it as it moves to restore the buildings.

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    Looking across rails towards Unger House 3 more images

    by mtncorg Written Sep 28, 2008

    Opposite the North Abutment, a self-guided trail takes you from around the remnants of the dam on this side. From the top of the dam, you walk to the bottom of the old lake where the South Fork of the Little Connemaugh still runs along.

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    Looking back 'uplake' from North Abutment 2 more images

    by mtncorg Written Sep 28, 2008

    A short walk from a parking lot below the visitor center takes you out to the edge of the north wall of the dam. There was a small spillway on this side that you walk across. The club had put 1000 black bass at $1 per fish into the lake in the years before. To keep the fish in place in the lake, a fish trap had been built across the spillway. With heavy rains, the trap and spilling clogged with debris giving the waters no place to go.

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