Historical Attractions

Blair County is rich in railroad history, home to museums and even has a reconstructed Revolutionary War Fort. You can explore the history of Blair County as you watch the trains travel around the mountains at the Horseshoe Curve National Historic Landmark, witness a Revolutionary War re-enactment at Fort Roberdeau Historic Site, or take a tour through one of our Historical Mansions or Museums. All offer a front row seat to the rich past of the area.

  • Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site
    (814) 886-6150
    110 Federal Park Road, Gallitzin, PA 16641

    Visitor center, exhibits, trail, film, historic railroad remains, Lemon House & Staple Bend Tunnel. Site open year round. Administered by the National Park Service.

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    Baker Mansion
    (814) 942-3916
    3419 Oak Lane (Off of Logan Blvd.), Altoona, PA 16603

    1849 Greek Revival Mansion. Originally home to Ironmaster Elias Baker & his family, Now home of the Blair County Historical Society. Period rooms & Historical Exhibits. Call to verify tour hours & special events.

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    Canal Basin Park
    (814) 696-4601
    101 Canal Street, Hollidaysburg, PA 16648

    This Historical PA Canal Basin Park features a custom designed play structure replicating a Sectional Canal Boat & a Visitors Center located in a restored house from the Victorian period known as the Reiser House. Park hours dawn to dusk. Admission is free.

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    Fort Roberdeau Historic Site
    (814) 946-0048
    383 Fort Roberdeau Road, Sinking Valley-Altoona , PA 16601

    Reconstructed 1778 Fort in 230-acre Blair County Park. Tours, exhibits, nature trails, picnic area, gift shop & innovative educational programs. Located off I-99 at the Bellwood Exit. Open May 1-October 31, Monday-Saturday 11am-5pm, Sunday 1pm-5pm.

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    Horseshoe Curve National Historic Landmark
    (814) 946-0834
    Kittanning Point Road and Glenwhite Road, Altoona, PA 16601

    One of the World's most incredible engineering feats. Ride the funicular or walk 194 beautiful landscaped steps to the tracks to view the trains. On-site Visitors Center has interpretive displays & a gift shop filled with souvenirs.

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    Royer Mansion
    (814) 942-3916
    3909 Piney Creek Road, Williamsburg, PA 16693

    Home of Ironmaster Samuel Royer & family. Built in 1815. Owned & operated by the Blair County Historical Society. Tours are available by appointment & during special events. Visit website for special events schedule.