19TH CENTURY U.S. CANALS

Pennsylvania

 

 

Allegheny Portage Railroad

Also see Pennsylvania Main Line Canal 

A Traveler's Guide to Historic Western Pennsylvania
A brief history and description is on page 151.

 

Allegheny Portage Railroad
A brief history and description of the railroad. Current photos and map and links to related sites.
 

Allegheny Portage Railroad
A video history of the railroad.  Links to related videos.

 

Allegheny Portage Railroad
A brief history of the railroad.   Current photo.

 

Allegheny Portage Railroad
A video history of the railroad.  Links to related videos.

 

Allegheny Portage Railroad and Canal 1800's Part 1 of 2
Well-documented video of the railroad's history.
 

Allegheny Portage Railroad and Canal 1800's Part 2 of 2
Continuation of the documentary above.

 

Allegheny Portage Railroad, Gallitzin PA
A brief history of the railroad.   Historical illusrations and current photos.

 

Allegheny Portage Railroad Historical Marker
Includes a brief history of the railroad and a current photo.

 

Allegheny Portage Railroad Images
A gallery of historical and current illustrations and photos.

 

Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historical Site Commemorates a Great Achievement in Early Transportation
A brief history and description of the site. Current photo and links to related sites.
 

Allegheny Portage Railroad Photos
A set of photos of the railroad.
 

Allegheny Portage Railroad Restoration Now Under Way
An article begins on page 4 of the American Canal Society newsletter.

 

An Account of the Portage Rail Road over the Allegheny Mountain, in Pennsylvania - 1836

 

Annual Report of the Canal Commissioners – 1843
An index of links which make reference to the canal in the document.

 

Appleton's Railroad and Steamboat Companion: Being a Traveller's Guide Through the United States – 1848
A brief history and description is on page 256.

 

Around Blair County
A brief history of Duncansville and the canal is on page 7; historical photos on page 113.

 

Canals for a Nation
A history begins on page 62 and continues on page 70; a historical illustration is on page 118.

 

Canals, Volume 1
A historical photo is on page 67.

 

Chronicling America
A set of historical newspapers which make reference to the portage railroad.

 

Climbing the Mountain: The Allegheny Portage Railroad
A brief history of the railroad.   Historical painting.

 

Conquering the Alleghenies
A brief history of the railroad.  Map and current photos.

 

Digital Public Library of America
Links to historical documents.

 

Explore PA History: Allegheny Portage Railroad
Links to an extensive set of historical etchings, photos, historical markers, attractions, documents and a historical timeline. Links to related sites.
 

From the Shield to the Sea: Geological Field Trips from the 2011 Joint Meeting of the GSA Northeastern and North-Central Sections
The history of the Allegheny Portage Railroad begins on page 111.

 

Google Newspapers
An 1836 advertisement for transportation via the Portage Railroad and canals.

 

Historical Collections of the State of Pennsylvania – 1843
A description begins on page 183.

 

Johnstown Flood
A description of the canal begins on page 50.

 

Journal of the Board of Revenue Commissioners – 1857
An index of links which make reference to the canal in the document.

 

Leech & Co’s Line
An 1836 newspaper advertisement for one of the canal packet companies operating on the canal and railroad.

 

Lenson House of the Old Portage Railroad
A historical painting of the canal.

 

Locomotive to Aeromotive: Octave Chanute and the Transportation Revolution
An account of traveling over the portage railroad begins on page 8.

 

Notes on the internal improvements of Pennsylvania ... and Reminiscences of the first railroad over the Allegheny Mountain - 1879
A link to the on-line document.

 

On the Allegheny Portage Railroad
A brief history and description of the railroad. Illustration of the route and links to related sites.
 

Pennsylvania Newspaper Archive
A set of historical articles making reference to the railroad.

 

Portage, Pennsylvania
Includes a brief  history of the railroad.

 

Railroads of Pennsylvania: 2nd Edition
A history and description begins on page 245.  Current photo.

 

Railway and Locomotive Engineering – 1908
A brief history is on page 140.   Current photo.

 

Railway Locomotives and Cars, Volumes 15-16 – 1842
A report regarding expenses of the portage railroad vs. fares charged begins on page 131.

 

Reminiscences of the first railroad over the Allegheny Mountain – 1879
A link to the on-line document.

 

Report of the engineer and superintendent of the road to avoid the inclined planes on the Allegheny Portage Railroad – 1855
An index of links which make reference to the canal in the document.

 

Reports of the Heads of Departments to the Governor of Pennsylvania – 1843
An index of links which make reference to the canal in the document.

 

Reports of the Heads of Departments to the Governor of Pennsylvania – 1844
An index of links which make reference to the canal in the document.

 

Reports of the Heads of Departments to the Governor of Pennsylvania – 1846
An index of links which make reference to the canal in the document.

 

Reports of the Heads of Departments to the Governor of Pennsylvania – 1847
An index of links which make reference to the canal in the document.

 

Reports of the Heads of Departments to the Governor of Pennsylvania – 1848
An index of links which make reference to the canal in the document.

 

Reports of the Heads of Departments to the Governor of Pennsylvania – 1849
An index of links which make reference to the canal in the document.

 

Reports of the Heads of Departments to the Governor of Pennsylvania – 1850
An index of links which make reference to the canal in the document.

 

Reports of the Heads of Departments to the Governor of Pennsylvania – 1851
An index of links which make reference to the canal in the document.

 

Reports of the Heads of Departments to the Governor of Pennsylvania – 1852
An index of links which make reference to the canal in the document.

 

Reports of the Heads of Departments to the Governor of Pennsylvania – 1853
An index of links which make reference to the canal in the document.

 

Reports of the Heads of Departments to the Governor of Pennsylvania – 1854
An index of links which make reference to the canal in the document.

 

Reports of the Heads of Departments to the Governor of Pennsylvania – 1855
An index of links which make reference to the canal in the document.

 

Reports of the Heads of Depts., Transmitted to the Governor of Pennsylvania – 1856
An index of links which make reference to the canal in the document.

 

Reports of the Heads of Depts., Transmitted to the Governor of Pennsylvania – 1857
An index of links which make reference to the canal in the document.

 

Reports of the Heads of Depts., Transmitted to the Governor of Pennsylvania – 1858
An index of links which make reference to the canal in the document.

 

Staple Bend Tunnel
A brief history and description of the structure.

 

“Stopper Hitches” on the Allegheny Portage Railroad
An article begins on page 3 of the American Canal Society newsletter.

 

Superintendent's report / Allegheny Portage Railroad – 1853
An index of links which make reference to the canal in the document.

 

The Allegheny Portage Railroad
A brief history and current photos of the railroad.

 

The American Almanac and Repository of Useful Knowledge for the Year 1837
A brief description is on page 229.

 

The Evolution of Transportation in Western Pennsylvania – 1994
An index of links which make reference to the canal in the document.

 

The First Mountains Railroads in the World and their inclined planes!
A brief history of the railroad.  Historical paintings, current photos, a satellite photo of the sites of the inclines and technical data for each incline.

 

The Millennium Link
A brief description is on page 148.

 

Tracing of profile of Allegheny Portage Railroad
 

Uncovering the Allegheny Portage Railroad
A brief history of the railroad.   Current photos and link to a video.

 

Rev. August, 2021