These pages do not begin to cover all the disasters that have
taken place in every state. There is also controversy over
what constitutes and defines a "great" disaster from any other kind.
All disasters are "great" to those directly involved in them.
these pages are a mix of "great" and "not so great" disasters.
The major disasters are all covered in the larger sites I have
linked to as resources and the rest are related items of interest.
For example, you might not find a particular major disaster on
this list, but it may be included in a site such as gendisasters.com, which is one of the resources found here.
This is an excellent place to begin your research. The
links found here lead to an ever widening amount of information.
Good luck in your efforts.
Austin Dam __ "Austin Dam was a dam in the Freeman Run Valley, Potter
County, Pennsylvania, which serviced the Bayless Paper Mill. A failure of
the dam in 1911 caused 78 deaths and approximately $10 million damage." An
encyclopedic article. - From wikipedia -
Darr Mine Disaster, December 19, 1907 __ "The Darr Mine, at Van Meter, was
the site of one of the worst coal mining disasters in the United States. On
December 19, 1907 a gas and dust explosion killed 239 coal miners in the
dark tunnels of the Darr Mine." A good look at the mine disaster. -
illustrated - From Raymond A. Washlaski, Ryan P. Washlaski & The 20th
Century Society of Western Pennsylvania. -
Johnstown Flood __ "It is an erroneous opinion that the dam burst--it simply
moved away..." A good overview of what happened. Click the 'more
information' link to access a gallery of Johnstown Flood pictures. - From ezl.com -
Johnstown, PA Flood - May 31, 1889 __ "A neglected southwestern Pennsylvania
dam and days of rain combined to create one of America's greatest tragedies.
The South Fork Dam, built to hold back Lake Conemaugh for the prestigious
South Fork Fishing & Hunting Club, collapsed on May 31, 1889." Full story. -
illustrated - From about.com -
Pennsylvania Disasters Floods, Fires, Tornadoes, Mine Explosions ... __
Pennsylvania Disasters. Events that touched our ancestor's lives:
Pennsylvania floods, fires, tornadoes, hurricanes, storms, mining accidents,
explosions, ..." Many click to read articles and resources. - illustrated -
From gendisasters.com -
Pennsylvania Highways: Quecreek Mine Accident __ "The summer of 2002 seemed
to be like any other summer. The "dog days" of the season were begging to
rear their ugly head, and most people looking up to see if any relief was on
the way. However, come July 24, most of the United States if not the world
would be looking down." A comprehensive report. - illustrated - From pahighways.com -
Rhoads Theater Fire __ "One fire escape was available but unable to be
accessed through a locked window above a 3 foot sill. 170 people perished
when the exit was crowded against to escape the fire. Entire families were
wiped out." An encyclopedic article - illustrated - From wikipedia -
United Airlines Flight 93 __ "...the United Airlines Boeing 757-222,
registered N591UA, was one of four planes hijacked as part of the
September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. It did not reach its intended target,
instead crashing in an empty field just outside Shanksville, Pennsylvania,
about 150 miles (240 km) northwest of Washington, D.C." An encyclopedic
article with links to additional resources. - illustrated - From wikipedia -
United Airlines Flight 624 __ "United Airlines Flight 624, a DC-6 (NC37506),
originated in San Diego, California with stops in Los Angeles and Chicago enroute to LaGuardia Airport in New York City. The four-engine
propeller-driven passenger airliner crashed at 1:41 P.M. Eastern Daylight
Time on June 17, 1948 at Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania, killing all 4 crew
members and 39 passengers on board." An encyclopedic article with links to
additional resources. - illustrated - from wikipedia -
USAir Flight 427 __ "USAir Flight 427 was a scheduled flight from Chicago's
O'Hare International Airport to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with a final
destination of West Palm Beach, Florida. The flight crashed on September 8,
1994, killing everyone on board." An encyclopedic article with links to
additional resources. - illustrated - From wikipedia -