• Neil M. Coleman


ASCE’s investigation of the disaster begins. Events from 1889 in the U.S. and the world are described. Members of the South Fork Fishing & Hunting Club, including Andrew Carnegie and Robert Pitcairn, see their legacies and reputations at risk in the public outcry.

“…Power always Sincerely, conscientiously…believes itself Right. Power always thinks it has a great Soul, and vast Views, beyond the Comprehension of the Weak…Power must never be trusted without a Check.”

—John Adams, letter to Jefferson, Feb. 2, 1816


Johnstown flood 1889 Andrew Carnegie Robert Pitcairn South Fork Neil Coleman ASCE Dam Little Conemaugh 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Neil M. Coleman
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  1. 1.Department of Energy and Earth ResourcesUniversity of Pittsburgh at JohnstownJohnstownUSA

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