Logan Township in Blair County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
National Historic Engineering Landmark
Designed and built under the direction [of] Pennsylvania Railroad chief engineer and, later, company president, J. Edgar Thomson. Horseshoe Curve opened February 15, 1854. It was 366 meters across and 1310 meters long with a 1.8 percent grade. Eliminating the Portage Railroad's 10 incline planes greatly encouraged east-west trade crossing the Allegheny Mountains.
Completed 1854 Designated 2003
Erected 2004 by American Society of Civil Engineers.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Landmarks • Man-Made Features • Railroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the ASCE Civil Engineering Landmarks, and the Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is February 15, 1790.
Location. 40° 29.858′ N, 78° 29.068′ W. Marker is in Logan Township, Pennsylvania, in Blair County. Marker is on Veterans Memorial Highway, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2400 Veterans Memorial Hwy, Altoona PA 16601, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within Horseshoe Curve (a few steps from this marker); The GP9 (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Trackside Buildings (about 400 feet away); Over the Hill (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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Logan Township.
Also see . . .
1. World Famous Horseshoe Curve. Railroaders Memorial Museum website entry (Submitted on February 11, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Horseshoe Curve. Wikipedia entry (Submitted on February 11, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2022. It was originally submitted on February 11, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 830 times since then and 40 times this year. It was the Marker of the Week February 17, 2019. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 11, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 5, 6. submitted on February 16, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. 7. submitted on February 11, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 8. submitted on October 1, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.