Near Altoona in Cambria County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
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 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.
2. Horseshoe Curve.
3. Horseshoe Curve Chapter, National Railway Historical Society.
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