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Austin Dam - Austin, PA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Szuchie
N 41° 39.180 W 078° 05.190
17T E 742607 N 4615351
Quick Description: Site of the remnants of the Austin Dam.
Location: Pennsylvania, United States
Date Posted: 2/2/2008 7:05:02 PM
Waymark Code: WM3381
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member deano1943
Views: 19

Long Description:
The coordinates above will take visitors to a parking area overlooking the remnants of the Austin Dam within Austin Dam Memorial Park. On the opposite side of the dam along Route 872, a Pennsylvania historical marker stands memorializing the Austin Flood Disaster. The marker states:

Austin Flood Disaster

On Sept. 30 1911, the Bayless Pulp and Paper Co. dam broke here. This concrete dam built 1909, was nearly 50 feet high and 534 feet long. Its failure sent torrents of water and debris down Freeman Run into Austin and Costello, causing great destruction and killing at least 78 people. This second worst single-dam disaster in Pennsylvania inspired legislation (1913) to regulate the construction of dams in the state.

The coordinates for this marker are:

41 39.170

78 05.067

Entrance into the park can be found at:

41 39.901

78 05.348

Street address:
PA 872
Austin, PA USA

County / Borough / Parish: Potter County

Year listed: 1987

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Event

Periods of significance: 1900-1924

Historic function: Industry/Processing/Extraction

Current function: Landscape

Privately owned?: yes

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 1: [Web Link]

Season start / Season finish: Not listed

Hours of operation: Not listed

Secondary Website 2: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

Visit Instructions:
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