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Allegheny Portage Railroad:
Developing Transportation Technology--Supplementary Resources

By looking at the Allegheny Portage Railroad, students can more easily understand the development of transportation technology in the 19th century, the innovative ways of overcoming the limitations of topography, and the effects that technological change can have on a community. Those interested in learning more will find that the Internet offers a variety of materials.

Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site
Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site is a unit of the National Park System. The park's Web pages include information on nearby historic sites related to industrial development in southwestern Pennsylvania. Also included are sections on the history of the area, photographs, descriptions, and materials for teachers. Go to the expanded web page and click on APRR to examine sections on related transportation history, canals, the 1800s, and more.

Museums and Historical Societies
Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
The Railroad Museum houses one of the most significant collections of historic railroad artifacts in the world. Visit their Web page for a virtual tour of the museum. Go to the Links page for links to teaching resources, other railroad museums, and historical societies.

Smithsonian Institution: National Museum of American History
Visit the Smithsonian's America on the Move website for the history of transportation in America including railroads.

Ontario and Western Railway Historical Society
What began as the New York & Oswego Midland Railroad in 1868 later became the New York Ontario and Western Railway. This Web page features short articles with photographs on the history of this railway, as well as links to other historic railway lines.

Library of Congress
American Railway Maps, 1828-1900
View the American Memory Collection of Railway Maps by searching with keywords or browsing by geographical location. On the home page, scroll down to links on the "History of Railroads and Maps," "Related Resources" and "Learn More About It!"

Built in America: Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record.
Search the American Memory Collection using keywords such as Allegheny Portage Railroad to discover resources such historical photographs and architectural drawings of the bridges, tunnels, and inclines related to the Allegheny Portage Railroad.


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