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Near Altoona in Cambria County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Horseshoe Curve

 
 
Horseshoe Curve Marker Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr., July 6, 2009
1. Horseshoe Curve Marker
Inscription.
has been placed on the
National Register of
Historic Railroad Landmarks
1854 - 2004
The first railroad to cross the
Allegheny Mountains between
Harrisburg and Pittsburgn,
with a maximum grade of 1.87%,
was engineered by J. Edgar Thomson
150 years ago.
The Pennsylvania Railroad
opened the line on
February 15, 1854.

[Dedicated] April 3, 2004

 
Erected 2004 by National Railway Historical Society.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Pennsylvania Railroad marker series.
 
Location. 40° 29.852′ N, 78° 29.073′ W. Marker is near Altoona, Pennsylvania, in Cambria County. Marker is on Veterans Memorial Highway / Burgoon Road, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ashville PA 16613, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Horseshoe Curve (a few steps from this marker); Trackside Buildings (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Over the Hill (about 400 feet away); The GP9 (about
Horseshoe Curve Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Wintermantel, October 6, 2012
2. Horseshoe Curve Marker
400 feet away); Watching The Curve (about 600 feet away); Blair County War Mothers Memorial (approx. 3.3 miles away); Blair County Memorial Highway (approx. 3.3 miles away); Endress War Memorial (approx. 3.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Altoona.
 
Also see . . .
1. World Famous Horseshoe Curve. (Submitted on February 11, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
2. Horseshoe Curve. (Submitted on February 11, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
3. Horseshoe Curve Chapter, National Railway Historical Society. (Submitted on February 11, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceMan-Made FeaturesRailroads & Streetcars
 
Norfolk Southern Freight Rounds Horseshoe Curve Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr.
3. Norfolk Southern Freight Rounds Horseshoe Curve
Westbound
View East From Horseshoe Curve Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr.
4. View East From Horseshoe Curve
Looking past reservoirs toward Altoona
Diesel on Display at Horseshoe Curve Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr.
5. Diesel on Display at Horseshoe Curve
Replaced iconic PRR K-4 steam engine that had been on display for decades
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page has been viewed 562 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.   2. submitted on , by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.   3, 4, 5. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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