Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Welch, Sylvester Architect
J and E Appleton, Builders Architect

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Physiographic Data
Length: 6,437 m

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Staple Bend is open as a separate area of Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site since 2001. It is not in the immediate area of the Summit Visitor Center, it is near the town of Mineral Point, 5 miles from Johnstown. It is a two mile walk from the area parking lot to the Staple Bend Tunnel (and, of course, a two mile return trip to your vehicle). You are welcome to bring bicycles, but no motorized transport for the limestone dust surfaced trail. - NPS


Take US Route 22 to the Mundy's Corner/Nanty Glo exit. Turn right onto PA Route 271 South. Continue on Route 271 South approximately 5 miles until a (marked) left turn onto Mineral Point Road (PA 3030). After approximately 2 miles make a (marked) right turn onto Beech Hill Road and proceed over the bridge. Go through the railroad underpass (; wait for the green light!); the paved parking lot for Staple Bend Tunnel will be located on the right. Please used the parking lot and do not block the emergency access road. This same parking area is used for the Path of the Flood trail as well. - NPS

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Particulars for Staple Bend Tunnel:
Area of Significance Engineering
Criteria Historic Event
Level of Significance National
Owner Private
Area of Significance Railroad
Sight Category Structure
Area of Significance Transportation
Engineering Tunnel

US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration:

Registry Name:
Registry Address:
Registry Number: 94001187
Resource Type:
Owner: Private
Architect: Welch, Sylvester; Appleton, J. and E., Builders
Architectural Style: Other
Attribute: Tunnel
Other Certification: Designated National Landmark
Nominator Name: National Historic Landmark
Level of Significance: National
Area of Significance: Transportation, Engineering
Applicable Criteria: Event
Period of Significance: 1850-1874, 1825-1849
Significant Year: 1833, 1853
Historic Function: Transportation
Historic Sub-Function: Rail-related
Current Function: Vacant, not in use
Current Sub-Function:

Activities »

Activity Bicycling
Structure Type Hiking Trail

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