"...Even if it's as Big as a Mountain!"

The first railroad to circumvent the Allegheny Mountains, the Allegheny Portage Railroad was the finishing piece of the Pennsylvania Mainline Canal.  "The Portage," opened in 1834, marking the first time that there was one, direct route between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.  All things to all people, it served merchants, passengers, slaves in pursuit of freedom, and soldiers from the Mexican War.


Map of the National Parks of Western PA

Explore the National Parks of Western PA

Western PA is the home to five National Park sites showcasing the history of the region and beauty of the outdoors. What discoveries will you make?

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Culvert #1586, one of the sites along the 6-10 Trail.

Culvert #1586 and the 6-10 Trail

The 6-10 Trail allows visitors to trace the path of Inclined Planes 6-10. Culvert #1586 is one of the many sites included on this trail.

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Today, visitors can see the tavern, fancy parlor, and the dining room of this magnificent stone building.

Lemon House

Owned and operated by Samuel and Jean Lemon, the Lemon House served as a restaurant and tavern during the days of the Allegheny Portage Railroad

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At the top of each inclined plane was an engine house like this one.  Thanks to local historian and licensed engineer Fred Connacher, you can see the wheels, gears, pullies, pistons, and sheaves necessary to hoist canal boats and train cars.

Engine House No. 6 Exhibit Shelter

Visit the Engine House #6 Exhibit Shelter to see life-like recreations of machinery needed to hoist canal boats and train cars over Inclined Plane 6.

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Staple Bend Tunnel was the first railroad tunnel in America, built for the Allegheny Portage Railroad.  Be advised, it is not at the main park unit, but rather near the town of Mineral Point, 5 miles from Johnstown. It is a roughly 5 mile round trip.

Staple Bend Tunnel

A unit of the Allegheny Portage Railroad located at Mineral Point, PA, 5 miles from Johnstown.

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Collage of Trading  Cards

Trading Cards for Kids

Discover more than 500 storeis about America's journey from the Civil War to Civil Rights. View online or visit this park to collect your own copies.

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