Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site in Cambria County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Summit Level Historic Area
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
5. Lemon House
Thousands of railroad passengers 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. Marker is at the Visitor Center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 110 Federal Park Road, Gallitzin PA 16641, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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). Touch for a list and map 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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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 22, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 406 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 22, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.