Austin Flood Disaster

Austin Flood Disaster (HMQQB)

Location: Austin, PA 16720 Potter County
Country: United States of America

N 41° 39.171', W 78° 5.067'

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On September 30, 1911, the Bayless Pulp and Paper Company dam broke here. This concrete dam, built in 1909, was nearly 50 feet high; 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.
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HM NumberHMQQB
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Year Placed1994
Placed ByPennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission
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Date Added Sunday, October 19th, 2014 at 7:52pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 742779 N 4615340
Decimal Degrees41.65285000, -78.08445000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 39.171', W 78° 5.067'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 39' 10.26" N, 78° 5' 4.02" W
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Area Code(s)814
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 170 Rugaber St, Austin PA 16720, US
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