History & Heritage

You can explore the history and heritage of Blair County as you watch the trains travel by 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. 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 yearround. Administered by the National Park Service.

  • Allegheny Ridge Heritage Area
    (814) 940-1922
    Allegheny Ridge Corporation, Altoona Heritage Discovery Center, 1421-27 12th Ave., PO Box 348, Altoona, PA 16603

    This Heritage & Recreation Corridor Features Historic Communities Including Altoona, Johnstown, Blairsville; Interpretive Sites - Hollidaysburg Canal Basin Park & Saltsburg Canal Park; & Recreation Opportunities Including, The Lower, The 6-10, The West Penn & The Roaring Run Trails & The Kiski-Conemaugh & Juniata River Water Trail Systems.

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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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    Historic Mishler Theatre
    (814) 944-9434
    1208 12th Avenue , Altoona, PA 16601

    Built in 1906, the most recent improvement to this beautiful theatre was the addition of new seating. It is a performance venue for many local and regional arts organizations as well as national artists.

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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.

  • The Everett Railroad Co.
    (814) 696-3877
    244 Loop Road, Hollidaysburg, PA 16648

    All aboard the Everett Railroad! Scenic train excursions from Hollidaysburg - visit our website for schedule. Special events, holiday trains & fun for the whole family! Come ride the rails with us!