Johnstown, PA and the great flood of 1889
Posted 02 January 2003 - 10:59 AM
I am not familiar with the area of that road. I live about 15 minutes north of Pittsburgh and have been to the Ellwood City area, but not to really explore it. You said your about 30 minutes north of Pittsburgh, are you in the Cranberry area?
Have you checked out any sites in Pittsburgh?
I think we are definitely going to have to organize something for the spring. Johnstown would be great because it is centrally located for a lot of people here.
Let me see what else I can dig up from Johnstown. there is a lot of stuff there worth checking out. Wish I had been in to this when I was in college and already there, but at least I know my way around there.
Posted 02 January 2003 - 08:19 PM
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Posted 13 October 2006 - 09:10 AM
The worst flood occured May 31st, 1889. Some of the remanents of the flood are still in Johnstown. There is a church in downtown, right on the square, that withstood the force of the wave and has a plaque on the wall marking the location of the water line. I kid you not when I say that this if about 30 feet up the building..
I have visited the site where the dam was, seen what is left of the dam, and even watched the movie that was put together at the museum. But nothing has creeped me out as much as the bridge. Even before I knew the history of the bridge, it disturbed me, every time I drove by it, it sent chills down my spine. I thought that it was just because it was an old bridge. Here is a picture of the present day bridge.....
It was this bridge that created a temporary dam that held the massive wall of water. There was so much debris in the water from the 1600 homes that were destroyed along with the 280 businesses that were lost, it all became trapped in this bridge. Many people who could have survived the watery ride, were trapped at this bridge. The pool turned into a massive whirlpool and the debris caught fire, making a bad situation even worse.
This bridge still stands today and is a very eerie place to visit. If you ever get a chance, visit Johnstown, a very haunted place indeed. 2209 people died in the flood of 1889 and there is a lot of history about it.
Some other places to check out in Johnstown......
The cemetary where the 777 unidentified victims were buried....Grandview Cemetary.....here is an old picture of the cemetary
I have visited this place and it has a very depressing atmosphere.
You can read a thorough history on the flood, just do a search on the internet and tons of stuff will pop up.
I grew up in J-town. I walked past the stone bridge and the Rolling Mills Mine opening for years. I never once had any premonitions or felt at all uncomfortable, nor did I see anything unsual.
There are reports of some folks seeing miners along the hiking trail below the Inclined Plane, but I never hiked that area so can't comment on whether it is true or not.
As a teen I did live in an old house in Cambria City and did have a ghostly encounter there. I later found out that a friend of mine and my sister too saw a little girl out of the corner of their eye but assumed it was my younger sister. it wasn't. In addition, my grandma and I saw some spectral nuns coming out from beside St. Mary's Church in Cambria City as we were approaching the "singing bridge" into Minersville. That was way back in the middle to late 60s.
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Posted 24 January 2007 - 12:12 AM
But I have been to Johnstown many times & can actually picture the church you are talking about, I think I know the bridge as well. Where is it located??
Posted 23 April 2007 - 09:05 PM
I would love to check out Johnstown and learn more about the flood.
Posted 09 June 2008 - 03:26 PM
anyway, I am moving to Johnstown in september. Are there any other places there you found interesting? Just wondering. I love this sort of stuff.
Posted 12 July 2008 - 11:49 PM
My mother grew up in Johnstown and our family would return frequently to visit my maternal grandmother (the last visit was a few years ago to retrieve her property following her passing). It's interesting to note that we had to drive under the infamous stone bridge to get to the funeral home, which kept a logbook in the lobby from the days following the flood in which they documented the bodies that were recovered/identified. The fact that the bridge that stands there today is actually a replacement does little to lessen the feeling of mournful awe.
While I was working on a book about the flood (since relegated to the backburner I'm afraid to say) my grandmother brought up an intersting bit of info she encountered back when she served as her church's historian. While thumbing through the older records she found an entry made after the flood which stated that the pastor, upon returning to the ruins of the church, climbed back up on his horse and rode out of town, never to be heard from again.
Posted 29 September 2008 - 11:51 PM
I would like to go to some of these places , but i dont want to waste my time if anybody is interested in group ghost hunting adventures post back and maybe we can create a small ghost hunting mob... let me know if any locals are interested i had a paranormal exp when i was about 15 and it has been bothering me ever since, I am now 25 and I would like to know whats out there... so what are some good "hot spots" for ghosts in Johnstown PA ???
Posted 25 March 2009 - 01:58 PM
I have lived in Johnstown all my life as well. When I saw this post it took me a little while to figure out how to read all the reply's. LOL But I got it.
Anyways, Ive had, what I would say, an above average amount of paranormal experiences in my life starting when I was very young. Ive seen apparitions and a Shadow Ghost. Ive lived in a few houses that were ABSOLUTLEY haunted. Confimed by me and several roomates. Id love to meet up with some others and visit/re-visit some of these places.
However, about the "Old Stone Bridge" Ive never had an uncomfortable feeling about it. Ever. I drive under it daily. So ????? Who Knows. I wouldnt call it a "Hot Spot" but would definatley like to do some further investigations.
Im new to Ghost hunting. They usually find me. But if anyone is interested, Im game to get some of these places Confimed. Johnstown has ALOT of Ghosts, Im positive of that. Im SURE there is plenty of paranormal activity to be experienced here and look forward to any Replys.
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