The Great Conemaugh Valley Disaster -- Flood & Fire at Johnstown, Pa., Kurz & Allison Art Publishers, 1890.
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Colored lithograph of the Johnstown flood from 1890.

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Of the great floods that have devastated Pennsylvania cities and towns, none was more sudden of deadly than the Johnstown. Despite the loss of 2,209 people in Johnstown after a dam break in 1889, the Commonwealth did not pass dam inspection legislation until 1913.

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