The Johnstown Horror or Valley of Death by James H Walker 1889 National Publishing Company

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Sensationalized history can be credited with inspiring generations of truth-seeking experts and enthusiasts. The tragedy of the Johnstown Flood was an oft-exploited event as writers and publishers hawked hastily written articles in original form or pirated collections.

Where many of the articles lacked fact, they were rife with exaggeration and imagination. James Herbert Walker published one of the very first of these books, The Johnstown Horror.

The stories in this book were gathered at rail stations in an apparent journey to the site; there has been debate whether Walker ever traveled to Johnstown. Yet, the collection features accounts that do not appear in other publications following the flood.

The Johnstown Horror or Valley of Death is an excellent addition to your vintage history collection or home library.


The book The Johnstown Horror or Valley of Death is in good shape for its age with no rips or tears. Please note the wear on the book boards and two loose pages as shown in the photos.

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The vintage items I share with you have been previously owned and loved. They may show some wear as is typical for vintage pieces. 

Book dimensions:8x5x1

Collections: Vintage History Books

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