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Logan Township in Blair County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Horseshoe Curve

National Historic Engineering Landmark

 
 
Horseshoe Curve NHCEL Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 6, 2009
1. Horseshoe Curve NHCEL Marker
Inscription.  
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 & CommerceLandmarksMan-Made FeaturesRailroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the Historic Civil Engineering Landmarks, and the Pennsylvania Railroad 🚂 series lists.
 
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
Horseshoe Curve NHCEL Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 6, 2009
2. Horseshoe Curve NHCEL Marker
Steps and funicular to viewing area are seen in background
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); 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. (Submitted on February 11, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Horseshoe Curve at Wikipedia. (Submitted on February 11, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Norfolk Southern Freight Rounds Horseshoe Curve image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 6, 2009
3. Norfolk Southern Freight Rounds Horseshoe Curve
Westbound
View East From Horseshoe Curve image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 6, 2009
4. View East From Horseshoe Curve
Looking past reservoirs toward Altoona
Orthoimage of the Horseshoe Curve image. Click for full size.
By U.S. Geological Survey, March 1, 2006
5. Orthoimage of the Horseshoe Curve
Wikipedia description: “Trains headed counterclockwise around the curve are ascending. The visitor center and observation park are at the apex of the curve, and a reservoir is located in the valley spanned by it.”
The Horseshoe Curve, Pennsylvania. image. Click for full size.
By H.C. White Co. Stereograph Print, circa 1907
6. The Horseshoe Curve, Pennsylvania.
From the Robert N. Dennis collection of stereoscopic view at the New York Public Library Division of Art, Prints and Photographs, via Wikipedia Commons.
Diesel on Display at Horseshoe Curve image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 6, 2009
7. Diesel on Display at Horseshoe Curve
Replaced iconic PRR K-4 steam engine that had been on display for decades
Funicular Car at Horseshoe Curve image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, October 14, 1996
8. Funicular Car at Horseshoe Curve
Riding the funicular up to trackside at Horseshoe Curve.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 15, 2020. It was originally submitted on February 11, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 737 times since then and 7 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.
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