Legacy of Johnstown flood lives on, 125 years after its gruesome, man-made destruction

  • by: KEVIN BEGOS , Associated Press
  • Updated: May 29, 2014 - 11:55 AM

PITTSBURGH — A privately owned dam collapsed in western Pennsylvania 125 years ago on May 31, 1889, unleashing a flood that killed 2,209 people. The terrible stories from the Johnstown Flood of 1889 are still part of lore because of the gruesome nature of many of the deaths and the key role the disaster played in the rise of the American Red Cross. Here's some of what's known about the flood, one of the deadliest disasters in U.S. history.

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