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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

September 19
Allegheny Portage Railroad Van Tour

Travel back in time with a Park Ranger on a free van tour of the historic route of the Allegheny Portage Railroad. This tour follows the entire route of the Portage Railroad from the canal basin in Hollidaysburg to the canal basin in Johnstown. Visitors will learn how this engineering marvel was built and hear the compelling stories of the men and women who built and operated what was the most important route westward from 1834 to 1854. In many places the route will follow the exact path of the old Portage Railroad. In addition, passengers will be driven past the Skew Arch Bridge, the reconstruction of Engine House 6, the historic Lemon House and several historic culverts. This free tour begins at 1:00 PM at the Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site Visitor Center. Space is limited to 12 people and reservations are required.

Location: Allegheny Portage Railroad NHS, Summit Level Visitor Center, Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site

Time: 1:00 PM

September 27
Heritage Hike: Hollidaysburg Canal Basin
Join a Park Ranger for a hike of the Hollidaysburg Canal Basin, on Sunday, June 22. The hike will be a 2-mile stroll of the historic district of Hollidaysburg. The tour will focus on the Hollidaysburg connection to the Mainline Canal and on the relationship between the canal and the Allegheny Portage Railroad.This program is free but space is limited so reservations are required. Visitors are reminded to dress appropriately, bring water and a snack. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED and may be made by calling (814) 886-6150.

Location: Meet at the Hollidaysburg Canal Basin, Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site

Time: 2:00 PM

October 10
Spirits of the Summit

Join us on Saturday, October 10 for an evening ghost tour of the Allegheny Portage Railroad and hear about the darker side of life and death on the Portage Railroad. Learn about the hazards that workers and travelers of the 1830s and 1840s faced as they crossed the Allegheny Mountains. These family-friendly tours will be held at:

6:00; 6:20; 6:40; 7:00; 7:20;7:40;8:00;8:20;and 8:40

Space for the 50 minute tours is limited to 15 people per tour so reservations are required. Tours will be held rain or shine. The cost is $2 per person and National Parks passes do not apply.

In the event of inclement weather, the event MAY BE cancelled. Check the local media outlets and/or the park website for details.

Location: Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site SUMMIT LEVEL, Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site | Map

Time: 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM

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316 Broad St
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(814) 535-7724
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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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