“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Fairfield in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

“Tapeworm Railroad”

Tapeworm Railroad Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, June 22, 2008
1. Tapeworm Railroad Marker
Inscription. Begun in 1836 by the State of Pennsylvania, largely through the efforts of Thaddeus Stevens. The meandering railroad's nickname was provided by its opponents. It was put up for sale in 1842. Just west of here stands its granite stone viaduct.
Erected 1967 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
Location. 39° 46.88′ N, 77° 22.693′ W. Marker is near Fairfield, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is at the intersection of Fairfield Road (State Highway 116) and Iron Springs Road (County Route 3014), on the right when traveling south on Fairfield Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fairfield PA 17320, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fairfield (approx. 0.6 miles away); Army of the Potomac (approx. 0.6 miles away); Field Hospital (approx. 0.7 miles away); Jones's Brigade (approx. 3.2 miles away); Sixth Regiment U.S. Cavalry (approx. 3.3 miles away); John Hanson "Hance" Steelman (approx. 3.3 miles away); Lower Marsh Creek Church (approx. 3.6 miles away); Hugh Culbertson Farm (approx. 3.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Fairfield.
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
Tapeworm Railroad Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, June 22, 2008
2. Tapeworm Railroad Marker
"Tapeworm Railroad" granite bridge Photo, Click for full size
By Larry Gertner, July 12, 2015
3. "Tapeworm Railroad" granite bridge
Jack's Mountain Photo, Click for full size
By Karl Stelly, 2009
4. Jack's Mountain
This is the view of Jack's Mountain as seen when standing next to the "Tapeworm Railroad" historical marker at Fairfield, Pennsylvania.
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,007 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3. submitted on , by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.   4. submitted on , by Karl Stelly of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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