The Allegheny Portage Railroad was the first railroad constructed through the Allegheny Mountains in central Pennsylvania, United States. It was a series of 10 inclines, approximately 36mi long, and operated from 1834 to 1854. It connected two canal divisions of the Main Line of Public Works of the Pennsylvania Canal from Johnstown on the west to Hollidaysburg on the east, thus allowing continuous barge traffic between the Ohio and the Susquehanna rivers. Considered a technological marvel in its day, it played a critical role in opening the interior of the United States beyond the Appalachian Mountains to settlement and commerce. It included the first railroad tunnel in the United States, the Staple Bend Tunnel, and its inauguration was marked with great fanfare.Today, the remains of the railroad are preserved within the Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site operated by the National Park Service. The site was established on in 1964 and is about 12mi west of Altoona, in Blair and Cambria counties.Start your trip to Cresson by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.
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Allegheny Portage Railroad Reviews
Highly recommend making this one of your stops while in the Laurel Highlands region. (I liked it much better than Horseshoe Curve) The visitor center was very well done with a short movie and exhibits... more »
Wonderful place for a walk for people of all ages. Beautiful boardwalk walk down to the Lemon House. Very interesting. more »
Once again the NPS has done a good job preserving a bit of history so that the accomplishments of others can be seen. The area is stunningly beautiful, the signage explaining each thing was excellent ... more »
Loved it. After visiting Horseshoe Curve down the road, this exceeded my expectations. Nice visitor center and beautifully designed, easy-to-use walkways through the forest to the railroad, power-house, and old tavern. Best of all, it was FREE! I pushed someone in a wheelchair so everything was accessible and graded. The movie about the history was really well done. I'm really glad I stopped!
I have been hearing that the movie starring the decorated Edgar West is up for Oscar nomination, and I don't really know why it hasn't won yet. This film takes the greatest elements of the entertainment industry and compiles them into a 29 minute collage that has been sent from the heavens above. I have yet to find a competitor for this film. If you leave the theater dissatisfied, than you don't believe in magic you muggle! The only reason they could not swing DiCaprio is because of creative conflicts, as West's all-encompassing performance takes a thinking-man's drama to a whole new level, and it takes a dedicated film critic to see the beauty within it. Visiting the site without experiencing this instant classic would be the equivalent to using the Holy Grail as coffee mug. 5 stars or bust.
Took the haunted Halloween walk. It was educational not scary. It was about two miles long and took an hour.
Such a neat place! The Ranger's know all the information about the history of the area and can answer almost any question you might have that how the Portage railroad worked who traveled it and also how it's affected the region. Very cool stop!
Nice spot for some history! The Ranger usually on site is do nice. If you have kids ask him for a pin if he hadnt already offered.
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