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Austin Dam Memorial Park

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Take the main entrance! Pass the dam, road on left. The road in town is for 4x4 only. The dam is an... read more

Reviewed 15 June 2018
Allentown, Pennsylvania
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Reassuringly off the beaten track.

A poignant site that is now beautiful parl land. Amazingly this remote historic site has restrooms... read more

Reviewed 13 June 2018
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State Route 872, Austin, PA 16720
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Reviewed 15 June 2018 via mobile

Take the main entrance! Pass the dam, road on left. The road in town is for 4x4 only. The dam is an unusual sad landmark that is filled with history. There are little signs everywhere telling a story. It also looks like a great fishing...More

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Reviewed 13 June 2018 via mobile

A poignant site that is now beautiful parl land. Amazingly this remote historic site has restrooms free WiFi.

Thank danglemoongroup
Reviewed 27 April 2018

This is a fascinating place that leaves quite an impact when you consider what happened here. We arrived on a day that no one was there to offer any information beyond the signage. We left wanting to learn more by seeking out any videos or...More

Thank Birdguy
Reviewed 29 August 2017

Stopped here yesterday while camping at Sinnamahoning State Park. If you are unfamiliar with the Austin Dam disaster, it was the second biggest loss of life in Pennsylvania history, aside from the Johnstown catastrophe. The part is pretty great considering everything about it has been...More

Thank Bradley C
Reviewed 22 July 2017 via mobile

Being in and around the broken dam is very haunting but humbling. To know that the town of Austin had fallen and burned so many times, and would rebuild every since time was astounding. The memorial park is very nice. It's a shame the dam...More

1  Thank abauer18
Reviewed 29 June 2017

Austin Dam Memorial Park is a beautiful park memorializing a Sept 30, 1911 event that still ranks as one of the worst dam failures in US history. 78 people lost their lives as the poorly constructed and ill maintained dam released about 200 million gallons...More

1  Thank copperdragon66
Reviewed 18 February 2017

We were unable to pull of to visit as the roads in the park were not plowed, but the view of the dam from the road is quite impressive. I would like to go back and walk amongst the ruins sometime. I would recommend the...More

Thank Jonathan K
Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

Been here a bunch of times cant believe the size of remains must have neat in the day when it was used until it broke wiping out the entire town

Thank Stephen L
Reviewed 8 August 2016

I had saw the documentary and to see the ruins, was touching, to imagine the dam and the town before the tragic failure, it's just sad. It would have been nice,if it had more parking and a nice building on site,but it all seems so...More

1  Thank gmaof2b
Reviewed 13 June 2016

Austin Dam, it broke in 1911 and 75 people in Austin were killed.. The dam is impressive and you can walk all around it.. What is amazing is the little tiny creek that was used to dam up the dam many years ago.

1  Thank frenchymc
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