Schoolhouse Morgue / Johnstown Flood, 1889

 

“The Great Flood”, Johnstown, PA, 1889, 2200+ dead.

An apocalyptic scene showing the Millvale School surrounded by a desert of sand, mud and debris several feet deep. Because it was one of a handful of buildings in the immediate area strong enough to survive the flood, it was turned into a temporary morgue; the men and horses are shown delivering coffins and bodies of victims to the side entrance.

* We have several Johnstown Flood related images in the collection, including a post-mortem cabinet card of a little girl who was found in the river and never identified.

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