The City of Clinton has a piece of history from one of the most unfortunate events in American history.
Regarded as the worst flood of the 19th century, the City of Clinton has a piece of history for the city of Johnstown, Pennsylvania.
A catastrophic flood in 1889 devastated the community along the Conemaugh River. Johnstown, PA, about 66 miles east of Pittsburgh, was devastated to a broken dam in 1889 after torrential rains. The flood killed over 22-hundred people in the town and was considered at the time, the largest loss of civilian life. The 1900 Galveston Hurricane and September 11 terrorist attacks are the two bigger catastrophes of loss of civilian life in American history.
So where does Clinton fit in to all this?
In the aftermath of the devastation, Clinton Fire Chief David Dallas explains the community rallied to raise money to send to the Johnstown Fire Department and provide help. In return, a bell was given to the fire department and the CFD plans to return it this weekend.
Chief Dallas (pictured left) along Commissioner Dan Ballenger and a few other Clinton fire fighters will head east to return the bell and it is a big deal for the community of Johnstown.
This bell isn't the first piece of history to come back to Johnstown after the flood. According to Chief Dallas, the town has been receiving various items in recent years.
The Johnstown Flood has been the subject of many novels and other works.