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Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site
Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site
ALLEGHENY PORTAGE RAILROAD NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE
ALLEGHENY PORTAGE RAILROAD NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE
110 Federal Park Road
Gallitzin, Pennsylvania   16641

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The Allegheny Portage Railroad was the first railroad constructed over the Allegheny Mountains. This inclined plane railroad operated between 1834-1854 and was considered a technological wonder in its day and played a critical role in opening the interior of the United States to trade and settlement. Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site is located in southwestern Pennsylvania approximately 12 miles west of Altoona. Today's park covers 1249 acres. The main unit contains the Summit Level Visitor Center, the historic Lemon House, Engine House #6 Exhibit Shelter, the Skew Arch Bridge, picnic area and hiking trails. The Staple Bend Tunnel unit is located approximately 4 miles east of Johnstown, PA.
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Events
June 1 - September 27
Daily Summer Programs
Costumed interpreters perform the tasks that made the Allegheny Portage Railroad function. Programs include: stonecutting, log hewing, rope making, clothing, historic toys and games, and more! Programs vary on a daily basis, so inquire at the Visitor Center to see which programs are being offered the day of your visit. Do keep in mind that while it is possible to move some programs indoors, inclement weather (i.e. thunderstorms) may cause the cancellation of programs during the day.

Location: Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site | Map

Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM,2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

June 20
Evening on the Summit: What was Carried on the Main Line Canal?
Have you ever wondered what was carried inside all of those canal boats on the Pennsylvania Main Line Canal and Allegheny Portage Railroad? Join Park Ranger Doug Bosley for his Evening on the Summit, program titled "What Was Carrried on the Main Line Canal?" In this interactive discussion, you will learn about the products that were shipped on the canal system and how the availability of cheap and fast transportation affected the lives of Pennsylvanians. The program will take place in our model canal boat cabin in the park amphitheater. In the event of inclement weather, the program will move to the Summit Level Visitor Center. This program is free and all are invited to attend.

Location: Allegheny Portage Railroad NHS Park Amphitheater, Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site

Time: 8:00 PM

June 27
Living History Day 2015
This all day, family-friendly, living history event has lots to offer people of all ages! The event schedule includes:

-Children's activities and games all Day; earn your Junior Ranger badge!

-Activities and special guided tours of the Lemon House

-Stone-cutting, log-hewing, rope-making, farm-to-factory, and other demontrations during the day.

-The 2nd Pennsylvania, Company B-American Highlanders-from the Mexican War (1846-1848) will tell their stories and perform black powder demonstrations at designated points throughout the day.

-Learn about how the Allegheny Portage Railroad served a significant role for the Underground Railroad.

As you can see, it will be a full day, so come and join the fun!

Location: Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site

Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

June 28
Heritage Hike: Inclines 6-10 Trail Hike

Join a Park Ranger for an exploration of the historic trace of the Allegheny Portage Railroad. On this downhill hike over moderately uneven terrain you will discover the challenges faced by 19th century engineers whose work revolutionized travel westward.

There is no fee for this program but space is limited and reservations are required. The hike begins at 11:00 am at Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site Visitor Center and hiking boots or sturdy shoes are recommended. Please bring water and a light snack. The hike takes about 5 hours and park staff will meet hikers at the trail's end to shuttle them back to the visitor center. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED!

Location: Meet at Allegheny Portage Railroad's Summit Level Visitor Center, Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site | Map

Time: 11:00 AM

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Directions
Plane - - Approximately 2 1/2 hours from Greater Pittsburgh International Airport. Commuter flights may be available to the Johnstown Municipal Airport (45 minutes away) or the Altoona/Blair County Airport in Martinsburg, PA (45 minutes away)

Car - The park is located just off U.S. 22 approximately 12 miles west of Altoona and 10 miles east of Ebensburg. Take the Gallitzin Exit and follow the signs.

Public Transportation - Amtrack stops in Johnstown and Altoona. There is no public transportation to or within the park.

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Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site
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