Welcome to Johnstown Flood National Memorial, a unit of the National Park Service. Within this now beautiful national park, we commemorate one of the darkest days in American history. On Friday, May 31, 1889, the South Fork Dam, the remains of which are within the park, failed, sending over 20,000,000 tons of water hurtling into the Conemaugh Valley. At 4:07 pm that afternoon, the flood wave struck the industrial city of Johnstown. $17,000,000 in property damage occurred and an official total of 2,209 men, women, and children were killed. While in the park, you will want to visit our Visitor Center. This ranger-staffed facility contains two floors of exhibits explaining the flood and why it happened. Please allow enough time to view our powerful, award-winning 35-minute film, Black Friday-parental discretion is advised for the film. Park rangers will be on hand to answer questions as well as provide information and directions to neighboring historical and cultural sites. Please note that there is a $4.00 admission fee for all adults age 16 and older not possessing an America the Beautiful pass. Children age 15 and under are admitted for free. You can also hike to the North and South Abutments of what remains of the South Fork Dam. Most summer days the Club House of the former South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club, the organization that owned the dam when it broke, is open and staffed by a park volunteer. For more information, inquire at the Visitor Center or call 814-495-4643.