Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site

  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Historic District

...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. - NPS



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Lemon House
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Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1845/00/00 Benjamin Franklin Jones Owner Samuel Kier and BF Jones open the Independent Line Shipping Co and introduce sectional boats on the Pennsylvania Canal. Used for rail or canal transport, the boats allow the movement of goods through the Allegheny Portage Railroad. Birth of the American Railroads

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Etna Furnace
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Staple Bend Tunnel

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Particulars for Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site:
Criteria Architecture-Engineering
Criteria Consideration Commemorative property
Area of Significance Commerce
Area of Significance Engineering
Owner Federal
Sight Category Historic District
Criteria Historic Event
Level of Significance National
Area of Significance Railroad
Area of Significance Transportation

US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration:

Registry Name:
Registry Address:
Registry Number: 66000648
Resource Type:
Owner: Federal
Architect: unknown
Architectural Style: No style listed
Other Certification: Designated National Landmark
Nominator Name: National Historic Landmark
Level of Significance: National
Area of Significance: Commerce, Transportation, Engineering
Applicable Criteria: Event, Architecture-Engineering
Criteria Consideration: Commemorative property
Period of Significance: 1850-1874, 1825-1849
Significant Year: 1831, 1834, 1857
Historic Function: Transportation
Historic Sub-Function: Rail-related
Current Function: Recreation and Culture
Current Sub-Function: Museum

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