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Near Mount Jewett in McKean County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Kinzua Viaduct

 
 
Kinzua Viaduct (Rededicated) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, August 31, 2012
1. Kinzua Viaduct (Rededicated) Marker
This marker was rededicated after an F1 tornado destroyed the previous viaduct
Inscription. Originally begun in 1881 for the New York, Lake Erie & Western Railroad to ship coal, lumber, and oil, it was once the world’s highest and longest rail viaduct. Rebuilt in 1900 to carry heavier loads, it was in service until 1959. Kinzua Bridge State Park was created here in 1963. In 2003 an F-1 tornado partially destroyed the viaduct. Remaining towers were restored and the skywalk constructed in 2011.
 
Erected 2011 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Location. 41° 45.56′ N, 78° 35.215′ W. Marker is near Mount Jewett, Pennsylvania, in McKean County. Marker can be reached from Pennsylvania Route 3011 half a mile east of U.S. 6. Click for map. East on Lindholm road about one-half mile off US Highway 6. Just east of Mount Jewett. Marker is in this post office area: Mount Jewett PA 16740, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Nebo Lutheran Chapel and Cemetery (approx. 4.4 miles away); Smethport (approx. 8 miles away); "The Bucktails" (approx. 8 miles away); McKean County (approx. 8 miles away); Dr. Edward H. McCleery
Previous Kinzua Viaduct Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 25, 2004
2. Previous Kinzua Viaduct Marker
Previous inscription
Originally built 1882 for a branch of the Erie Railroad to ship coal northward. It was the world's highest and longest rail viaduct. Rebuilt 1900 to carry heavier loads, it was in service until 1959. Kinzua Bridge State Park was created here, 1963.
(approx. 8.5 miles away); Rixford World War I Memorial (approx. 12.4 miles away); Tidewater Pipe Company (approx. 12.9 miles away).
 
More about this marker. Marker located inside Kinzua Bridge State Park.
 
Regarding Kinzua Viaduct. Kinzua Bridge spanning Kinzua Creek, original bridge built in 1882, subsequent bridge built in 1900 and destroyed in 2003 by a tornado. At the time it was built, the original (c. 1882) Kinzua Bridge was the highest, at 301 feet (92 m), and longest, at 2,053 feet (626 m), railway bridge in the world, given the distinction of being listed as a Historic Civil Engineering Landmark (the listing was in 1977). The Erie Railroad company originally owned and operated the bridge.
 
Also see . . .  Kinzua Viaduct - Behind the Marker. Explorepahistory.com (Submitted on September 4, 2012, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.) 
 
Additional keywords. tornado
 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsDisastersRailroads & Streetcars
 
Previous Kinzua Viaduct Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner
3. Previous Kinzua Viaduct Marker
Kinzua Viaduct Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, August 31, 2012
4. Kinzua Viaduct Marker
Kinzua Viaduct image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 25, 2004
5. Kinzua Viaduct
One year after the Kinzua Bridge was destroyed by a tornado.
Kinzua Viaduct Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 25, 2004
6. Kinzua Viaduct Marker
One year after the Kinzua Bridge was destroyed by a tornado.
Kinzua Viaduct Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 25, 2004
7. Kinzua Viaduct Bridge
One year after the Kinzua Bridge was destroyed by a tornado.
Kinzua Viaduct Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 25, 2004
8. Kinzua Viaduct Marker
One year after the Kinzua Bridge was destroyed by a tornado.
Kinzua Viaduct Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 25, 2004
9. Kinzua Viaduct Marker
One year after the Kinzua Bridge was destroyed by a tornado.
Kinzua Viaduct Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 25, 2004
10. Kinzua Viaduct Marker
One year after the Kinzua Bridge was destroyed by a tornado.
Kinzua Viaduct Skywalk image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, August 31, 2012
11. Kinzua Viaduct Skywalk
Right side view of skywalk.
Kinzua Viaduct Skywalk image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, August 31, 2012
12. Kinzua Viaduct Skywalk
Visitors are able to look down through the trestle at the end of the skywalk.
Kinzua Viaduct Skywalk image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, August 31, 2012
13. Kinzua Viaduct Skywalk
Looking down through trestle of remaining viaduct
Kinzua Viaduct image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, August 31, 2012
14. Kinzua Viaduct
Remaining destroyed trestle of former viaduct
 
 
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