The Allegheny Portage Railroad was the first railroad to go around the Allegheny Mountains in Pennsylvania. It was about 36 miles long and went up 10 inclines.
A portage railroad is a short railroad to make life easier in difficult areas.
The railroad was in service from 1834 to 1854.
The National Park Service takes care of the railroad site now.

The Maps.

US Map of the states by the Environmental Protection Agency. I drew the red line around the state of Pennsylvania.

us_map EPA red line

This is a relief map of Pennsylvania  by, US Geological Survey.

Pennsylvania_Relief_1 USGS

This is a US Geological Survey map of the Allegheny Mountains in Pennsylvania with modifications by, Kmusser, Wikimedia Commons. The purple strip is the Allegheny Mountains.

Cumberlandplateaumap USGS map KMusser WCThis is a National Park Service map of the railroad. The text is small, but it gives an idea of where the railroad went.

800px-Allegheny_Portage_Railroad NPSThis is portion of the railroad  by US government.

Allegheny_Portage_Railroad_alpo-ImageF.00001 USOver a bridge  by, US government.

Allegheny_Portage_Railroad_alpo-ImageF.00003 USAn incline part of the railroad  by, Mozamiazas, English Wikipedia.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is a recent picture of a tavern and inn called Lemon House  by, Matthew A. Lynn, English Wikipedia.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis a painting of Lemon House by an unknown artist.

23cover nps lemon house paintingThis is a picture of the front of Lemon House  by, National Park Service.

fig1 l house front on rr npsThese two recent pictures are of the Engine House  by, Matthew A. Lynn, English Wikipedia. The first is of the outside and the second is of the inside.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe rest of the pictures are from the National Park Service.

Two views of the Engine House.

fig5 engine house l house npslooking east engine house  npsThis painting is called getting started.

23paint2bh nps getting started flippedA bit farther along.

23paint1bl npsThis last picture was taken on Friday, February 22, 2013.

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