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Two Failed Dams - Austin, Pennsylvania
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Szuchie
N 41° 39.170 W 078° 05.190
17T E 742608 N 4615333
Quick Description: Site of the remnants of the tragic Austin Dam disaster.
Location: Pennsylvania, United States
Date Posted: 2/6/2008 3:45:33 PM
Waymark Code: WM3469
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Team Farkle 7
Views: 69

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.



Entrance into the park can be found at:



41 39.901

78 05.348

Price of Admission: 0.00 (listed in local currency)

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