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Statistics

Riverbank measurements, 1854 and 1907

Henry Wilson Storey measures riverbank changes

Henry Wilson Storey measured the river channels in 1907 and compared them to the widths in 1854 to see how much they had narrowed.

Little Conemaugh
Location Distance property to river (feet) Narrowing (feet)
1854 1907
At Johns St. 38 100 62
Union St. 37 138 101
Morrell Place 19 104 85
At Morgan’s 30 96 66
Washington & Walnut 45 93 48 38
Stonycreek River north bank
Location Distance property to river (feet) Narrowing (feet)
1854 1907
Johns St. 19 106 87
Union St. 93 105 12
King St. 75 94 19
Walnut St. 75 120 45
Carr St. 56 120 64
School Alley 19 56 37
Court Alley 18 96 78
Above Franklin St. Bridge 75 120 45
Above John Thomas’ 38 110 72
Levergood St. 56 106 5039
Kernville, settled later on the Stonycreek, did not have as much river narrowing
Location Distance property to river (feet) Narrowing (feet)
  1854 1907  
At Napoleon St. 75 95 20
Franklin and Somerset Sts. Southwest corner 38 100 62
Franklin & Somerset 37 80 43
Willow St. 56 100 4440
Farther south on the Stonycreek
Location Distance property to river (feet) Narrowing feet
1854 1907
At Bedford & Baumer 45 100 55
300 feet above 57 90 33
300 feet above 83 90 7
300 feet above 30 104 74
300 feet above 30 120 90
At Spruce St. 38 120 82
Cherry St. 57 42 -15 41

 

  • 38Storey, op. Cit., 1:324.
  • 39Ibid, 1:325.
  • 40Loc. Cit.
  • 41Loc. Cit.

Excerpt from Nathan Daniel Shappee, History of Johnstown, Unpublished doctoral dissertation, University of Pittsburgh, 1940. Pages 202 –203.

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