Posts Tagged ‘History and Landmarks’

Cambria County Historical Society

Published Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Photo Courtesy of CCHS

In February 1925, six prominent citizens of Cambria County founded a historical society to “preserve and promote the history of Cambria County through museum collections, library, and archives.” Today the Cambria County Historical Society is still going strong as an archive and museum, offering exhibits, history lectures and other community events, as well as research services.


Johnstown Flood National Memorial

Published Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Photo Courtesy of the National Park Service

Located in St. Michael, the Johnstown Flood National Memorial tells the story of the 1889 flood, a disaster that claimed 2,209 victims and had a profound effect on American history. The National Park Service site preserves the remains of Lake Conemaugh and the earthen dam that broke, along with several original buildings – notably the Unger House and the South Fork Fishing & Hunting Club’s clubhouse (pictured above).


Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site

Published Friday, May 17th, 2013

Photo Courtesy of the National Park Service

In its early days, the Allegheny Portage Railroad was a wonder of modern transportation. Helping to cut the 23 day trip from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia to a mere 4 days, the railroad gave Pennsylvania trade and industry a much-needed boost at its 1834 opening.

Considered a marvel of engineering, the railroad consisted 10 incline planes and a series of locomotives which connected the western and eastern divisions of the state’s Public Works canal system.

Although you may be about 150 years too late to hitch a ride, the Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site offers many fun and educational things to do. Start out at the visitor center, where you can enjoy a movie portraying the life of a fictional Portage Railroad worker named Edgar West. (more…)

Johnstown Inclined Plane and Asiago’s Restaurant

Published Friday, January 20th, 2012

A signature of Johnstown’s landscape for many years has been the Inclined Plane. Originally built for commuters after the 1889 flood, the world’s steepest vehicular incline still offers transportation to local residents, but now offers itself as a destination for visitors and locals alike. Whether you’re looking for a bit of history, a pleasant view or something to eat, a trip to the top of the Incline is a great way to spend part of your day in town. (more…)