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Johnstown Flood National Memorial

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Saturday, May 27 & Sunday May 28 Into the Lakebed and Through the Breach Hike Time: 2:00pm (both days) Location: South Abutment of the South Fork Dam, Johnstown Flood National Memorial

A National Park Service Ranger will lead a hike into the historic lakebed of the South Fork Dam, the dam that failed on May 31, 1889. The walk will begin at the South Abutment of the dam and last about one hour. Visitors are encouraged to wear sturdy shoes as the walk includes wooden stairs and an uphill walk back to the parking area. Reservations are encouraged for this program.

Wednesday, May 31 Special Interpretive Programs at the South Abutment of Johnstown Flood National Memorial at 11:00a.m. & 3:00p.m. The program at 11:00a.m. will focus on the doomed efforts of Colonel Unger, the President of the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club, and his crew to relieve the pressure on the dam before it ultimately broke.

The 3:00p.m. program will commemorate the exact time the dam broke and will feature readings of first-person accounts from people who were there.

Wednesday May 31 Luminary Lighting Time: 8:00p.m. – 11:00p.m. Place: Johnstown Flood National Memorial

The luminaries serve as a tribute to the victims of the flood. The 2,209 candles are lit on the remains of the North and South abutments of the South Fork Dam. The candles will be lit around 8:00p.m. and will burn for several hours, with the best time to view them after 9:00p.m.


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