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Posted: 09/05/11 06:06pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

What a great trip report and right through my back yard (almost)! The Johnstown story is amazing and very sad, because it didn't have to happen. You beat us to it. We've visited Gettysburg many times but never took the time to visit Ike and Mamie's place. We'll do that his fall.

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Great trip report and beautiful photos! Thanks for reporting on the Johnstown Flood! We have gone there a couple of times with our kids (son has always been into disasters). In fact, our son has again been revisiting the flood through books. Just last night I was talking to him and he said he learned a couple of new things from one of his books. Just after the flood the city of Johnstown was cut off from relief efforts because the bridges had been swept away in the flood. They used pontoon boats for emergency bridges and where did those pontoon boats come from? Harper's Ferry where they were used during the Civil War to cross the river - they were brought to Johnstown to act as temporary bridges. Also he said that of the houses that had been swept away the brick ones fell apart, but some of the stick houses were still intact and were dragged back to their foundations and cleaned up. An interesting fact is that the Johnstown Flood caused over 2200 deaths as compared to the Titanic where just over 1500 people died.

They have a very nice visitors center at the Johnstown Flood National Memorial with an auditorium that shows a movie depiction of the flood.


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Posted: 09/05/11 08:36pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Excellent photo work and a great narrative - I just wish you'd left that part about my clouded family past out..... I'm supposed to be in the Witless Protection Program!

The whole sorry and tragic affair with the Johnstown flood is just another reminder that mankind may think we're in control of our fate, but our arrogance and hubris are no match for what course Nature decides to chart. Thanks for the well done TR!


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Posted: 09/06/11 08:06pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli – I learned a lot putting this TR together. The hard part was figuring out what to put in and what to leave out. Glad you found it interesting.

sleepy – We followed Hwy 219 south to I-68 in Maryland. By then we’d run out of time and had to take the quickest route home. After reading your comment I looked at the map to see where Hwy 219 runs through WV south of I-68. It does look like it would be an interesting route. We’ll have to try that some time [emoticon]

weymard – You’re welcome. Stop in anytime!

silversand – Thank you for the compliment. Back in school I used to take notes in class then rewrite them when I got home, looking up details on anything I didn’t understand. It worked for me but it’s not for everyone either on the writing side or the reading side.

cewillis – Hmmm, Ontario and Pennsylvania. I wonder where signs of Seldom Seen will show up next?

Eugarps – Yep, we snuck by when you weren’t looking [emoticon] I particularly like that the Eisenhower farm is not the kind of tour where you follow a guide the whole way through but instead can move through at your own speed. The only problem was that the small hallways in the home get crowded especially since most rooms are barricaded so you can only peek in. Once the ranger turns you loose you might either spend a few minutes talking with him/her or step outside for a few minutes. That way the other folks on the tour will have moved on through so you won’t have to squeeze through a crowd or feel rushed by those behind.

pasusan – Sounds like your son is destined for a job with FEMA! Does he have a book he’d recommend on the flood? I’d seen a video on the flood before I went but wouldn’t mind learning more as there are lots of interesting facts like those you noted. One thing I’d learned that I didn’t put in my report was that Clara Barton and the Red Cross responded to help in the aftermath of the flood, the first non-war event in which they’d done so. The visitor center was pretty nice and they should even have heat now. It was pretty chilly inside and a ranger told us that they were only then installing heat in the building.

seldomseensmith – At least no one has come across a still or a bawdy house with your handle on it ... yet [emoticon] I agree that nature has the upper hand and that man’s greatest weakness in attempting to harness or defy her is our own arrogance in thinking that we are in control. The forces of nature are persistent and always surprising us with their strength and complexity.


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Posted: 09/07/11 05:12am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If DS can put a trip report together like this after just traveling a week, imagine how the reports are going to be if she ever gets to retire!

And while it took her almost a year to put it together, in a way it is nice because those now reading it and deciding to explore some of the neat things she discovered, will be able to enjoy the same type of weather.

Now, when are we going to be able to head up to Corners Rock?


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Posted: 09/08/11 06:12pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi there DB. Once I retire I might not stop long enough to do a trip report for the first few years [emoticon] But that is a number of years away yet [emoticon] Good thing we didn't meet up over Labor Day like we first planned as we'd have gotten pretty wet. But the summer heat has finally relented and I'm definitely in the camping spirit. Will let you know when I have a weekend free and Corners Rock it is!!

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