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The opening of the Erie Canal in 1825 was a boon for merchants and traders in New York but took business away from businessmen in Philadelphia. Wanting to improve their accessibility to markets farther west, Pennsylvania authorized the Main Line canal system between Philadelphia and Pittsburg. This necessitated building aqueducts, tunnels, reservoirs, dams, 276 miles of canal and 82 miles of railroad tracks. The biggest obstacle, however, was the Allegheny Mountains. To solve the problem of how to get goods and passengers over the mountains and back to the canals, they built a series of five inclined planes up the mountains and five more back down. Goods and passengers were unloaded from boats onto railroad cars and towed by horses up and down the inclines. The horses were later replaced by locomotives. The Allegheny Railroad National Historic Site preserves one of these inclines, an engine house, a tavern and other items related to this great engineering feat.

For more information see my Gallitzin Page.

Address: 110 Federal Park Road, Gallitzin, PA 16641
Directions: In Western Pennsylvania.
Phone: (814) 886-6150
Website: http://www.nps.gov/alpo

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