Education: Johnstown Flood Museum

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Hoaxes, Heroes, and Myths

Stories spread as fast as the Flood!

With a true story as amazing as the Flood, why would anyone make up a story? It is not unusual for true stories to collect some false stories along the way! Often the stories start out as true, but get exaggerated along the way. Others start out as rumors that people think are true.

Big events collect true stories, too. People like to hear the stories of other people, not just about how high the water was or how much damage was done. Some of these stories are so amazing that they are told again and again until so many facts have been changed that the story isn't true anymore! Here are some of the stories told about the Flood.

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