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  • Annie Kilgore (1848 - 1889)
    Her husband was W. A. Kilgore who worked as a clerk in the Post Office in 1880. She was lost in the flood and her body was never recovered.* Reference: Find A Grave Memorial - SmartCopy : Aug 2 2021, 1...
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    William Alexander Kilgore (1846 - 1889)
    Died in the Johnstown flood, along with his wife and 3 children.* Reference: Find A Grave Memorial - SmartCopy : Aug 2 2021, 14:02:11 UTC
  • Daniel H. Hastings, Governor (1849 - 1903)
    Hartman Hastings (February 26, 1849 – January 9, 1903) was the 21st Governor of Pennsylvania from 1895 to 1899. Although he was only 12 years old at the outbreak of the American Civil War, the young Ha...
  • D.W.C. Bidwell (1828 - 1900)
    Clinton, or D.W.C., Bidwell was born on February 23, 1828, in Ohio. He became a successful merchant in Pittsburgh. Bidwell's firm, D.W.C. Bidwell and Company, sold dynamite, explosives, and powder used...
  • Hon. James W. Brown, II (1844 - 1909)
    W. Brown II (July 14, 1844 – October 23, 1909) was a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania. He was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He worked in the iron and steel i...


The Johnstown Flood (locally, the Great Flood of 1889) occurred on May 31, 1889, after the catastrophic failure of the South Fork Dam on the Little Conemaugh River 14 miles upstream of the town of Johnstown, Pennsylvania. The dam broke after several days of extremely heavy rainfall, unleashing 20 million tons of water from the reservoir known as Lake Conemaugh. With a volumetric flow rate that temporarily equalled that of the Mississippi River, the flood killed 2,209 people and caused US$17 million of damage (about $450 million in 2015 dollars).

The American Red Cross, led by Clara Barton and with 50 volunteers, undertook a major disaster relief effort. Support for victims came from all over the United States and 18 foreign countries. After the flood, survivors suffered a series of legal defeats in their attempts to recover damages from the dam's owners. Public indignation at that failure prompted the development in American law changing a fault-based regime to strict liability.

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