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Near Fairfield in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

“Tapeworm Railroad”

 
 
Tapeworm Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, June 22, 2008
1. Tapeworm Railroad Marker
Inscription. Begun in 1836 by the State of Pennsylvania, largely through the efforts of Thaddeus Stevens. The meandering railroad's nickname was provided by its opponents. It was put up for sale in 1842. Just west of here stands its granite stone viaduct.
 
Erected 1967 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Location. 39° 46.88′ N, 77° 22.693′ W. Marker is near Fairfield, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is at the intersection of Fairfield Road (State Highway 116) and Iron Springs Road (County Route 3014), on the right when traveling south on Fairfield Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fairfield PA 17320, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Harry E. Brown (approx. half a mile away); Fairfield (approx. 0.6 miles away); Army of the Potomac (approx. 0.6 miles away); Field Hospital (approx. 0.7 miles away); Major Samuel S. Starr (approx. 0.7 miles away); Jones's Brigade (approx. 3.2 miles away); Sixth Regiment U.S. Cavalry (approx. 3.3 miles away); John Hanson "Hance" Steelman (approx. 3.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fairfield.
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
Tapeworm Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, June 22, 2008
2. Tapeworm Railroad Marker
"Tapeworm Railroad" granite bridge image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, July 12, 2015
3. "Tapeworm Railroad" granite bridge
"Tapeworm Railroad" granite bridge image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, July 11, 2015
4. "Tapeworm Railroad" granite bridge
The marker is actually in error. By definition, a viaduct has more than one span, making this a bridge. Note Tom's Creek below and trees growing on the roadbed.
Jack's Mountain image. Click for full size.
By Karl Stelly, 2009
5. Jack's Mountain
This is the view of Jack's Mountain as seen when standing next to the "Tapeworm Railroad" historical marker at Fairfield, Pennsylvania.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 9, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 26, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,157 times since then and 86 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 26, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3. submitted on July 28, 2015, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.   4. submitted on May 6, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.   5. submitted on January 8, 2010, by Karl Stelly of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
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