Friday, December 15, 2017

NS/Penn Bridge over Conemaugh River in Johnstown, PA

(Bridge Hunter, Historic Bridges, HAER3D Satellite)

I recognize the name Johnstown as the town that got wiped out by a flood caused by a dam breaking.
Photo from HAER PA,11-JOTO,141--1 from pa3723
This seven-arch stone railroad bridge was built by the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1887. It is notable for surviving the famous 1889 flood, but it subsequently formed the base of a dam of debris that accumulated behind it and caught fire on the evening of the flood, burning alive a number of flood survivors trapped in the wreckage. [Bridge Hunter]

Tim Snyder posted two photos with the comment: "Fmr. PRR now NS RR bridge in Johnstown PA."


Sam Kanish posted
The famous Johnstown Stone Bridge, Johnstown, PA

Eastern Rails Photography posted
In a view from Point Park, a Dash-9 and a now retired Dash-8 are seen crossing the Conemaugh River with an eastbound stack train in Johnstown, PA. Taken on 10/19/18

Christopher Espossito shared
Known as 'The Stone Bridge", this 7 arch bridge was built by the PRR in 1887/88 and spans the Conemaugh River in Johnstown, PA. Its upstream face was reinforced with concrete in 1929.
This bridge survived the Johnstown Flood of 1889, but the bridge blocked debris across the river. These materials, including barbed wire, subsequently caught fire and created an inferno covering 30 acres. Scores of people were trapped and killed. The bridge is visible from Point Park in downtown Johnstown, which is where this picture was taken.
Johnstown will always be remembered as the site of the great flood of 1889. The flood occurred after the failure of the South Fork Dam, located on the south fork of the Little Conemaugh River, 14 miles upstream of the town of Johnstown, Pennsylvania. The dam broke after several days of extremely heavy rainfall, releasing 14.55 million cubic meters of water. The flood killed more than 2,200 people and accounted for $17 million (in 1889 dollars) of damage.

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