Your Dollars at Work
Steamtown National Historic Site is being cared for today and for future generations by the National Park Service. This dual objective-use today and tomorrow-comes at a price. Protecting our natural and cultural heritage while ensuring that visitors have a safe, enjoyable, and educational experience is expensive. As the number of visitors to parks continues to climb due to the popularity of our national treasures, government funding available for necessities such as track and building repairs, rolling stock, visitor protection and other services has not kept pace with demand.
Steamtown National Historic Site is a participant in the Interagency Recreational Fee Program. The program authorizes Steamtown National Historic Site to keep 100% of the fees collected. These funds have been and will continue to be used for maintenance, repair projects, public service programs, signage, and natural and historical resource preservation, as listed below. For fiscal years 2011 and 2012, the total value of these projects is $346,672.
Approved On-Going Projects
Repair HO Scale Model Railroad in Technology Museum - FY11 -12
Refinish Interior Mattes Street Tower - FY11
Repaint Exterior of 3 the Office Storage Building, Maintenance of Way Building and Gas House - FY11
Replace Museum Complex PA System - FY11
Design and Modify Existing Handrails on Turntable - FY12
Replace Main Water Line & Components throughout Park - FY12
Did You Know?
Elijah J. McCoy, a brilliant African-American mechanical engineer, invented an automatic lubricator cup (or drip cup) for steam locomotives and other machines. It worked so well that inspectors, when checking in a new piece of machinery, would ask, "Is it the real McCoy?" More...