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Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site

110 Federal Park Rd, Cresson, PA 16630
+1 814-886-6150
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Hidden treasure of interest

A great movie in the visitors center to orient you to the visit. A slight walk to see the tracks... read more

Reviewed 23 June 2017
Oakland, Maryland
via mobile
Interesting Technology for the Time

If you are in the area and are interested in history and/or technical achievements then you should... read more

Reviewed 30 May 2017
Charlie M
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Experience railroad history at this historic Pennsylvania site.
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  • Very good31%
  • Average3%
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“engine house” (15 reviews)
“canal boat” (4 reviews)
“arch bridge” (4 reviews)
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110 Federal Park Rd, Cresson, PA 16630
110 Federal Park Rd, Cresson, PA 16630
+1 814-886-6150
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Reviewed 23 June 2017 via mobile

A great movie in the visitors center to orient you to the visit. A slight walk to see the tracks, the wheelhouse and the tavern. A ranger to give details and insights at every important place. Never realized about this land mark. Very pleasant and...More

1  Thank dee8306
Reviewed 30 May 2017 via mobile

If you are in the area and are interested in history and/or technical achievements then you should definitely stop and see this place. Don't miss the walk down to the actual engine house.

Thank Charlie M
Reviewed 30 May 2017 via mobile

Other than the Lemon House, this national historic site is a recreation of the Allegheny Portage Railroad era. Playing a vital role in the movement of goods by canal this unique form of transportation only lasted for about twenty years. The hike to the Skewed...More

Thank Leanne S
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Great educational experience for the whole family its a good experience for young and old alike. Complete history of the Allehgheny / Portage railroad and the canal system up over the Allegheny mountains.

Thank Robert Y
Reviewed 2 December 2016

This national park is a sleeper when it comes to known quantities. My last visit to this area was back in the 60's when the museum and park as it is today were only a fraction of the size. The portage railroad made it possible...More

1  Thank Kent S
Reviewed 21 November 2016

The Portage Railroad Memorial has an amazing history of a railroad built to haul canal boats over the mountain. It is a small museum - but very informative. The preservation of a steam engine station house is very nice.

Thank riny
Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

This parks highlights one of the first major railroad systems in America, which was used as transportation between the Allegheny Mountains using steam power. The exhibits and short film make this an educational stop with checking out.

Thank Matthew B
Reviewed 11 November 2016

This was not my first visit and have watched this historic site grow and improve over three decades. Not only is this a beautiful park to visit, especially during autumn, when the color is simply amazing, it's also educational. In a time, without modern equipment,...More

Thank Harry_Hughes3
Reviewed 19 October 2016

went for a spirits of the summit tour at 7 PM weekend of october 15, 2016. what an enjoyable tour. 1 hour and it costs you $2/person. the tour guide is in period mode and along the way you enjoy the sights of other 'workers'...More

Thank brenda l
Reviewed 7 September 2016

A must-see National Park that explains the intermediate engineering solution before the Horseshoe Curve was built. A system of steam-powered rope pulleys would haul canal barges up 10 inclines to make passage over the Allegheny Mountains. Fascinating. Great introductory movie and exhibits explain the system....More

Thank sallywarren217
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