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

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Tag Archive: History and Landmarks

  1. 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 […]

  2. 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 […]

  3. 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 […]

  4. 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 […]

  5. Gravity Hill

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

  6. Fort Ligonier

    Much of the historical geography of Pennsylvania is marked by three major wars fought on North American soil – eastern Pennsylvania is known for the Revolutionary War, central Pennsylvania is the site of Gettysburg and other Civil War battles, while the history of the western part of the state was shaped by the French & Indian War, […]

  7. Prince Gallitzin’s Tomb

    The founder of the town of Loretto was a remarkable Catholic priest named Demetrius Gallitzin, also known as the “Apostle of the Alleghenies.” Born in 1770 to an aristocratic Russian family in living in Holland, his life would be full of adventure and service. The steel industrialist Charles Schwab funded Gallitzin’s tomb and statue in […]

  8. Eliza Furnace

    This region is known for its rich Industrial Revolution history in the development of the iron and steel industry. Johnstown’s massive Cambria Iron Company was founded in 1852, and by 1858 had grown to become one of the nation’s largest producers of rails — and later, would become known for several technological breakthroughs in the […]

  9. Cambria County Historical Society

    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 […]

  10. Johnstown Flood National Memorial

    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 […]