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Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site

The Allegheny Portage Railroad and Main Line were part of the Pennsylvania Main Line of Public Works, a state-run transportation system connecting Philadelphia and Pittsburgh from the 1830s to 1850s. This system, usually just called the "Main Line", was a combination of canals, railroads, and inclined planes that moved passengers and cargo across the state. From 1834 when the system opened in its entirety until 1854 when the Pennsylvania Railroad opened, the Main Line was the primary east-west transportation route in Pennsylvania. The 36-mile stretch of the Main Line between Hollidaysburg and Johnstown known as the Allegheny Portage Railroad was also used by people escaping slavey as a transportation route. This application will cover Underground Railroad activities in both Johnstown and Hollidaysburg and will discuss how the Allegheny Portage Railroad linked the two.

Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site is a unit of the National Park Service and was authorized by Congress in 1964 to preserve the history of the Allegheny Portage Railroad and its part in the Main Line.

Visitor Information: Currently open to public.

Location: 110 Federal Park Rd, Gallitzin, 16641

National Park Unit: Yes

Ownership: Keith Newlin

Location Type: Site

People/Organizations Associated with the site: Fugitive Slave Law