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Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Cresson
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Owner description: Experience railroad history at this historic Pennsylvania site.
Reviewed January 15, 2013 via mobile

this was a side trip that was not planned. very nice, interesting and pretty in the fall! Trails, educational buildings, staff. we enjoyed our visit very much

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Reviewed December 24, 2012

The idea of pulling a boat out of the canal, putting it on a flatbed train car, pulling it up and over the mountains, and putting it back in the canal on the otherside is fascinating to me! They have a wonderful film that reenacts much of the times. Was easy for the kids to follow, and they did the Jr. Ranger program. Due to all the snow and ice, we weren't able to see much besides the visitor center museum. It did seem a little lacking without visiting the Lemon House or the #6 steamhouse, but would love to go again to see it all.

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Reviewed November 19, 2012

This relatively small piece of American History, that I'm sure many do not know about, is well worth the hour or two stop required to learn about East/West transportation and traveling through Pennsylvania during the early to mid 19th Century (1800's)! Plus, this site has a direct tie in to the infamous Johnstown, PA flood of 1889!

2  Thank rickgmail
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Reviewed November 7, 2012

This is another one of those places I have visited from the time I was a child. Great place. You can picnic or take hikes here. Great place for walking. Beautiful scenery

1  Thank Mary N
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

When I read about this site I thought it would be a good something to do to take up a bit of time and that it would be interesting but kinda like a lot of the heritage sites I've seen before. Well I was partly right.

I didn't really understand what this was about until I got here and watched their informative film on the subject in the Visitor's Center before walking out to the actual site. It turns out that this railroad was only partly a railroad. It starts with people wanting to build a canal across Pennsylvania and running into mountains in the middle. This railroad was their solution to getting canal boats over mountains and it's kinda crazy but it worked! They used canal boats that were sectional, tied them to train cars and used train engines to pull the cars up the inclines of the mountains until they reached a plateau, then actual trains pulled them to the next incline. What a concept!. The Visitor's Center has a train engine inside it and some models of canal boats and a small gift shop.

When you leave the gift shop you can walk down a zig zaggy boardwalk to a replica of engine house #6 which is built overtop the foundation of the original engine house. It has an exhibit center with some hands on things that show the ropes used on the cars, a braking system and some other things. Also down the boardwalk is a historic tavern. You can only go in the bottom floor but the tavern with tables and games and a bar is recreated.

It was a very nice site and I'm glad that this has been commemerated somehow. People really are incredible sometimes! There is a fee of $4 per person (but if you have a National Park Senior Pass ($10) that person plus 3 others got in free. Whoo-Hoo! We did leave a donation though.) The bathrooms in the Visitor Center were very nice and the building itself was pretty outside.

2  Thank Laurel_Lye13
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