Johnstown Flood Museum and Memorial (Johnstown, Pennsylvania)
In 1889, the city of Johnstown, PA was wiped out in a matter of seconds by a wall of debris and water rushing down the valley from a collapsed dam, killing thousands of people. You can learn all about the tragedy at these sites, which are on my “Must-Visit” list!
Site of the Great Molasses Flood (Boston, Massachusetts)
Heather sends me the following description of the site of the Great Molasses Flood from Boston-Online.Com: “Great Molasses Flood: Commercial Street and Cobb’s Hill Terrace, North End. If you had to choose how to die, drowning in molasses would probably not rank high on your list. On Jan. 15, 1919, 21 people, a dozen horses and at least one cat had no choice. A 58-foot-high, 90-foot-wide cast-iron tank holding 2.2 million gallons of molasses burst, sending a tsunami of the viscous liquid down Commercial at 35 m.p.h., destroying houses, commercial buildings and a part of the elevated railroad. Today, no monument marks the disaster (the closest you’ll get is a small sailors’ memorial in the playground off Commercial showing a ship going under). But climb up the terrace (which looks like a stone medieval rampart), look out over Commercial Street toward the harbor and imagine a three-story wall of molasses flowing past.”
Nikki writes to tell us about visiting this site:
“After reading about this flood on my MFDJ email a long time back I’ve been nearly obsessed with this event. Read everything I could on it. Telling everyone I meet about it. So finally the day came that my Significant Other and I were taking a trip to that area. I demanded we find the site of the great flood!! I swear we looked friggin’ everywhere for this. Found a really awesome cemetery, but nothing on the flood. We scavenged the entire area on the map that was the location to no avail. Finally as we were giving up and leaving I passed by a teeny tiny little sign on a wall, about 2 feet high. The sign was at knee level where anyone could miss it. Needless to say I was not pleased, but at least glad there was something there. Personally I’d love to see a giant bronze statue depicting the wave and people drowning in it, but alas. At least some kind of monument would have been nice.”