Do Johnstown Things to do in and around Johnstown, PA.

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Category Archive: History & Landmarks

  1. Iron & Steel Gallery

    The Iron & Steel Gallery is a spectacular three-story space devoted to the history of iron and steel in Johnstown. Created in 2009 at the Heritage Discovery Center, the gallery evokes the feeling of an industrial space. A stunning photography exhibit of working and abandoned steel mills across Pennsylvania follows the ramp all the way […]

  2. The Abandoned Trolleys of Windber

    This region is known for its rich railroad history, celebrated and preserved at Altoona-area sites such as the Allegheny Portage National Railroad and the Horseshoe Curve. Johnstown contributed to this history primarily in the innovative manufacture of rails using the three-high rolling mill, a story that’s told in a film shown at the Heritage Discovery […]

  3. Johnstown Slavic Festival

    From 1880 to 1920, thousands of immigrants from the Slavic countries — Poland, Russia, Serbia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia and more — came to the Johnstown area seeking work in the steel mills and coal mines. By 1920, an incredible 25 percent of all Johnstown residents were of Slavic descent. This rich heritage will be […]

  4. Seldom Seen Tourist Mine

    Journey into Pennsylvania’s past and experience the life of a coal miner at the Seldom Seen Tourist Mine, in Patton, PA. Formerly known as Chest Creek One, the modest, family-owned mine opened in 1939 with mule haulage and an electric pump. A locomotive was installed in 1943, and the mine shipped approximately 20,000 tons of coal each […]

  5. Quecreek Mine Rescue Site

    About 30 miles from Johnstown is a memorial that commemorates a miracle that occurred in the summer of 2002. Just ten months after Flight 93 crashed near Shanksville, the Somerset area was bracing for another tragedy when nine coal miners were trapped deep underground — but thanks to the heroic actions of many rescuers, instead […]

  6. The Horseshoe Curve

    The Horseshoe Curve is part of this area’s rich railroad history, an engineering marvel of its day that’s still in use. The curve was built in 1854 near Altoona as a way to lessen the steep grade to the summit of the Allegheny Mountains so that trains could safely climb and descend. When construction began […]

  7. Admiral Peary Monument

    Cambria County’s historical significance never ceases to amaze, with connections to historical events and figures that have made an impact on world history. The notable Arctic explorer Admiral Robert Peary is just one example. Born in Cresson in 1856, Peary moved to Maine three years later with his mother after his father’s passing. He attended Bowdoin College in Maine and […]

  8. Haynes Street Sculpture Park and Pillar Project

    The Haynes Street Sculpture Park and Pillar Project have transformed what was formerly a dreary, urban landscape in Johnstown into a delightful public arts project. Located under the Route 56 overpass in the Kernville part of town, the heavily-trafficked area features a large-scale sculpture, “Celebration of Life,” and underpass pillars decorated with individual paintings and designs.

  9. Flax Scutching Festival

    Take a step back in time in Stahlstown, PA, by exploring the 2015 Flax Scutching Festival Saturday, September 19 and Sunday, September 20.

  10. Gravity Hill

    Experience South Central Pennsylvania’s most intriguing illusion, Gravity Hill, located in New Paris, PA, in Bedford County.