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Review of Grandview Cemetery

Grandview Cemetery
Ranked #3 of 17 things to do in Johnstown
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Reviewed September 19, 2013

I've been coming to this cemetery since I was a kid. I have a lot of family buried here. Even if you don't know anyone who is buried here, this is still a nice visit. The memorial and burial area for the unknown victims of the flood of 1889 is touching. And the view of the surrounding hillsides as you drive around the cemetery is phenomenal! I had to stop the car so I could get a good look at it.

Thank Julie N
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Reviewed July 30, 2013

IF you have a car, drive to and through the cemetery, The tomb of the unknown dead from the flood is so moving, The staff at the administrative office is extremely helpful. This cemetery is a treasure trove for those doing genealogical research.

Thank Pamela M
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

One must visit the unknown plot of victims from the Great Johnstown Flood of 1889 at Grandview Cemetery to fully understand the amount of death and destruction that took place that fateful day

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Reviewed July 13, 2013

Grandview is definitely not a cemetery I would recommend going out of one's way to visit; however, if you happen to be in Johnstown, it is definitely worth a visit.

The cemetery sprawls over 235, most unremarkable, acres. What makes it truly worth going a bit out of the way for is the 20,000 square foot plot where the unidentified bodies of 755 victims of the 1889 flood were laid to rest. While it's doubtful one would count them, there are actually 777 identical stones in the plot...twenty-two were added for the sake of symmetry.

The 1889 flood claimed the lives of 2,209 citizens of Johnstown on 31 May, 1889, when the South Fork Dam (located 14 miles above Johnstown) gave way, unleashing 20 million gallons of watery fury on those below.

The "Monument to the Unknown Dead" which watches over the solemn acres, was dedicated three years after the catastrophe. It features a 35 ton, 21' high granite memorial surmounted by life-size statues depicting the Virtues: Faith, Hope & Charity. The inscription reads: "In memory of the unidentified dead from the flood May 31, 1889."

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Reviewed February 4, 2013

It is worth a trip around the place. Interesting to see the burial grounds for the many lost during the 1889 flodd.

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