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Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site in Cambria County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Summit Level Historic Area

 
 
Summit Level Historic Area Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 6, 2009
1. Summit Level Historic Area Marker
Inscription.
The boardwalk in front of you leads to the summit of the historic Allegheny Portage Railroad. It was here in 1834 that trains first crossed the Allegheny Mountains. The railroad ceased operations in 1854, but remnants of historic structures are still visible today.

The boardwalk follows a gentle slope through the forest to the top of Incline No. 6. From there a walkway leads past the foundations of Engine House No. 6 to the Lemon House, an historic tavern. The round-trip walking distance is 2/3 mile.

1. Visitor Center
Museum exhibits, theater presentations, displays and sales publications tell the story of the portage railroad.

2. Incline No. 6
A viewing deck here offers a dramatic view of one of the ten inclined planes upon which railroad cars and canal boats ascended and descended the steep slopes. A spur trail leads down to the Skew Arch Bridge near the base of the incline.

3. Engine House No. 6 Exhibit
An exhibit here explains the design and function of the stationary steam engines and related machinery that powered the incline.

4. Summit Level
Visible here is a relatively level stretch of track between Inclines 5 and 6 where railroad cars were pulled by horses or locomotives.

5. Lemon House
Thousands of railroad passengers
Summit Level Historic Area Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 6, 2009
2. Summit Level Historic Area Marker
refreshed themselves at this mountaintip tavern built in 1832 by Samuel Lemon. Selected rooms are open to the public.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 40° 27.429′ N, 78° 32.957′ W. Marker is in Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site, Pennsylvania, in Cambria County. Click for map. Marker is at the Visitor Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 110 Federal Park Road, Gallitzin PA 16641, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Railroad Stone (within shouting distance of this marker); Skew Arch Bridge Trail (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Engine House No. 6 (about 500 feet away); Inclined Plane No. 6 (about 500 feet away); Allegheny Portage Railroad (about 500 feet away); Stephen Tyng Mather (about 500 feet away); Levels (about 600 feet away); The Lemon House (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site.
 
Also see . . .  Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site. (Submitted on March 22, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Summit Level Historic Area Map on Marker image. Click for full size.
By National Park Service, undated
3. Summit Level Historic Area Map on Marker
State Outline on Summit Level Historic Area Marker image. Click for full size.
By National Park Service, undated
4. State Outline on Summit Level Historic Area Marker
Stats on Summit Level Historic Area Marker image. Click for full size.
By National Park Service, undated
5. Stats on Summit Level Historic Area Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 333 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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