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The Horseshoe Curve

Author : Dennis P. McIlnay
ISBN : 0977980510
Genre : Horseshoe Curve National Historic Landmark (Pa.)
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In this book, the author brings history alive with the stunning tale of three interconnected-- but little-known-- events in American history. These are the Nazi plot during World War II to destroy the Horseshoe Curve; the FBI's search of the homes of 225 Altoonans on July 1, 1942 as "alien enemies" and the internment by the U.S. of 15,000 German and Italian Americans; and the personal and organizational drama of the founding of the Pennsylvania Railroad and the building of the Horseshoe Curve. This book seamlessly blends information from over 300 actual historical sources including FBI files acquired through the Freedom of Information Act.

Horseshoe Curve

Author : David W. Seidel
ISBN : 0738557072
Genre : History
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The Horseshoe Curve is known worldwide as an engineering achievement by the Pennsylvania Railroad. This landmark, located just west of Altoona, opened to traffic on February 15, 1854, and it enabled a railroad line to climb the Allegheny Mountains and the eastern continental divide. The Horseshoe Curve's construction impacted railroad design and development for mountainous terrain everywhere, enabling access to coal and other raw materials essential for the industrial age. J. Edgar Thomson, chief engineer of the Pennsylvania Railroad, is widely recognized for his engineering and design of the Horseshoe Curve, a concept never utilized previously. Today the curve is still in use and sees approximately 70 trains daily. Through vintage photographs, Horseshoe Curve chronicles how this marvel remains one of the vital transportation arteries linking the east and west coasts of the United States.

History In A Horseshoe Curve

Author : Elizabeth Harrover Johnson
ISBN : WISC:89067333815
Genre : Methodists
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Altoona

Author : David W. Seidel
ISBN : 0738572616
Genre : History
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The Pennsylvania Railroad was incorporated in 1846 and immediately began the task of finding an all-rail route to connect Philadelphia with Pittsburgh. The Pennsylvania Railroad surveyed possible routes and arrived on a valley floor at the base of the Allegheny Mountains in 1849 that was primarily occupied by the David Robeson farm. As people arrived for employment opportunities, the railroad company purchased the Robeson farm, laid out the plan of a town, and named it Altoona. Shops were established, and crafts were needed as locomotive and car design and building evolved, all with increasing population and prosperity. Altoona grew from farmland to 75,000 people in 75 years.

Locomotive Engine Safety Truck Company Vs The Pennsylvania Railroad Company

Author : Locomotive Engine Safety Truck Company
ISBN : STANFORD:36105047650457
Genre : Locomotives
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Palisades Amusement Park

Author : Vince Gargiulo
ISBN : 9781411661882
Genre : History
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With its two hundred pages and a foreword by the legendary Cousin Bruce Morrow, this oversized coffee table book captures every fond memory of the famous New Jersey fun spot: the vinegar-soaked french fries, the Tunnel of Love, the world's largest outdoor salt water pool, and so much more. This newly revised edition includes an all new Photo Scrapbook with over 100 new photographs. In the foreword of the book, Cousin Brucie recalls, "Palisades was an integral part of our lives. Anybody who has played, visited, or been touched by this magical kingdom retains the glow from a very special relationship." For those who ever visited Palisades Amusement Park, this book is sure to bring back those cherished remembrances. And for those never lucky enough to have entered its colorful gates, Palisades Amusement Park: A Century of Fond Memories will recreate the thrills, laughter and joy that was Palisades.

Mountain View Trolley Line

Author : William E. Rogers Jr.
ISBN : 9781439636305
Genre : History
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The Mountain View Trolley was established on July 10, 1907, after booming tourism increased the need for transportation between Stroudsburg and the town of Delaware Water Gap. In the late 1800s, visitors began flocking to the region to enjoy the beautiful scenery and pristine wildlife. Built by the J. R. Brill Company in Philadelphia, the Mountain View Trolley ran on a narrow-gauge track and was capable of hauling a large number of passengers. The trolley cars operated on overhead wires and battery power and ran year-round, shuttling residents and visitors and working as a school bus for local schoolchildren. The introduction of motor coaches and automobiles brought about the end of the trolley age, and the Mountain View Trolley ended its run in September 1928.

Crossroads Of Commerce

Author : Dan Cupper
ISBN : 9780811729031
Genre : History
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Each year, starting in 1925, the Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) commissioned a striking oil painting of a PRR engine in a dramatic setting, which was featured on a large wall calendar that the company distributed by the hundreds of thousands to customers and the public. Grif Teller painted 27 of the 33 scenes. This book reproduces Teller's calendar art and his other paintings in full color and recounts his life and career.

Around Cresson And The Alleghenies

Author : Anne Frances Pulling, Sr.
ISBN : 0738590401
Genre : History
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The Allegheny Mountains constantly challenged early settlers to use their creativity and skills to conquer what seemed an almost insurmountable barrier. The founding fathers recognized potential in the area both as a resort and as a thriving town that would attract industry. Through hard work and innovation, an all-rail route over the mountains was established, linking the area with important industrial and trade centers. Many people came to Cresson to enjoy the health and recreational benefits of its natural springs, and the area's "pike" afforded the first stage link between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. When the Pennsylvania Railroad established headquarters here, with a roundhouse, machine shops, and branch lines, the area entered an era of industrial prosperity. I n this remarkable volume, over 200 rare images are combines with informative and insightful text. Early views of the famous Horseshoe Curve, the Gallitzin Tunnels, and the Mountain House are delightfully intertwined with photographs of homes, workplaces, churches, and the people who made the area prosper and grow. Readers visit Loretto, a town founded by "A Prince-Priest, Demetrius A. Gallitzin, Apostle of the Alleghenies" and they are transported to Portage and Lilly, areas of woodlands that gave rise to numerous sawmills.

Baseball In Altoona

Author : Dave Finoli
ISBN : 9781439620045
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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For 46 days in the spring of 1884, Altoona had the honor of having a major-league baseball team, the Mountain City. For the next 115 years, despite the fact that baseball flourished here in the form of the game that the men of the Pennsylvania Railroad played, professional baseball floundered as six teams came and six teams left. Finally, in 1999, Altoona proved it could support a professional team when the Curve came to town. Since then, an impressive 10 percent of the town’s population has shown up at every game, showing the love the community has for the national pastime.

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