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Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site, PA

National Park Service

Overview

The first railroad to circumvent the Allegheny Mountains, the Allegheny Portage Railroad was the finishing piece of the Pennsylvania Mainline Canal. "The Portage," opened in 1834, marking the first time that there was one, direct route between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. All things to all people, it served merchants, passengers, slaves in pursuit of freedom, and soldiers from the Mexican War.

Recreational Activities:

  • HIKING

Address:

Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site
110 Federal Park Road
Gallitzin,PA,16641
Email: Nathan_Koozer@nps.gov

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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