The terrible Johnstown Pennsylvania Flood of 1889 was more of a man-made Tsunami. Yes, there was flooding at first, when ‘Storm of the Century’ rains arrived in the deep Alleghany valley on Memorial Day 1889, and the two rivers that flanked the steel mill town swelled. But it wasn’t until the aging South Fork Dam,Continue reading “Podcast: Five Reasons the Johnstown Flood Disaster should never have happened”
The Johnstown Pennsylvania Flood of 1889 was more a man-made Tsunami than flood by Mother Nature.
In the Coal Mining Region of Northeastern Pennsylvania, Appalachian valleys from Harrisburg to Scranton contain prized veins of hard, black Anthracite coal. Anthracite burns hotter and cleaner than the softer bituminous coal from western PA, but it’s harder to mine. From the Civil War to the 1940’s, coal was the undisputed King of Fuels inContinue reading “The Mother of all Inclined Railroads, for over Half a Century”