You are standing on what was once the property of the South Fork Fishing & Hunting Club. The house directly in front of you was the home of the Club’s second and last president, Colonel Elias J. Unger. The building to your right, the park visitor center, was designed to resemble the Unger barn. Hayfields and orchards would have been visible as well. Unger was originally from the Harrisburg area. He had an illustrious career working for the Pennsylvania Railroad, making a name for himself in hotels. He eventually settled in the Pittsburgh area. Through his work with the railroad, he befriended many of the rich and powerful club members. He did not have the same kind of wealth that most club members possessed but they wanted their Clubhouse to be the best and they knew Unger was the man who could make this happen. In addition to this, Unger’s duties included caring for the South Fork Dam, which was directly visible to him from this spot. The remains of the dam are visible below and to the right. When Benjamin Ruff, the Club’s founder and first president died in 1886, Unger was elected to take over as president. After the breaking of the South Fork Dam and the Johnstown Flood, he stayed on the spot, living out the rest of his years until he died in 1896.