Staple Bend Tunnel

A National Historic Landmark
National Register Number: 94001187
Nomination Form

Location: Off Beech Hill Rd (PA3035) south of Mineral Point;
Conemaugh Township, Cambria County, Pennsylvania.
Geographic Coordinates: 40.3608N 78.8545W

Statement of Significance (as of designation - April 19, 1994):
Constructed between November 1831 and June 1833, the Staple Bend Tunnel served as the first railroad tunnel in the United States. As part of the Allegheny Portage Railroad, the tunnel and that transportation line were viewed as an engineering marvel in their day. This link with the eastern seaboard helped to bring a redirection of trade and commerce away from shipping down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers and thus maintained Philadelphia as a major port.

October 5, 2001
East Entrance
The east entrance originally had Doric pillars like the west entrance. Their current whereabouts is unknown.

West entrance with Doric pillars still in place.

Approaching the east entrance from the west.
Larry's Other Place
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