Mineral Point in Cambria County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Allegheny Portage Railroad
The Pennsylvania Main Line Canal
Here, where the Main Line crossed the Allegheny Mountains, workmen built and maintained the Allegheny Portage Railroad, a bold application of steam power to canal and railroad technologies.
When completed in 1834, the entire Main Line system triggered regional growth and prosperity, spawning towns and businesses all along its route. It made travel faster and easier. As shipping costs diminished, new and affordable products reached many western Pennsylvania households. Immigrants to America, thousands of whom moved inland, followed routes like the Pennsylvania's Main Line. They filled the nation's growing demand for labor, often in the hardest, most menial,
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Railroads & Streetcars • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1826.
Location. 40° 22.582′ N, 78° 50.167′ W. Marker is in Mineral Point, Pennsylvania, in Cambria County. At Staple Bend Tunnel Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1189 Beech Hill Road, Mineral Point PA 15942, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Path of the Flood (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Allegheny Portage Railroad (here, next to this marker); Staple Bend Tunnel (approx. 1.6 miles away); Johnstown Flood (approx. 3.4 miles away); Sgt. Michael Strank (approx. 3.4 miles away); The South Fork Dam (approx. 3.7 miles away); The Unger House (approx. 3.9 miles away); The Dam Melts Away (approx. 3.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mineral Point.
Also see . . . Staple Bend Tunnel Park. (Submitted on December 28, 2020, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 28, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 28, 2020, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 50 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 28, 2020, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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