Horseshoe Curve

5 mi. W of Altoona on PA 193, Altoona, PA

Photos 

Horseshoe Curve

West bound

Photo taken by Curtis Lee in July 2005

Map 

Description 

Placed into service in 1854, Horseshoe Curve is a notable example of ante bellum railroad engineering and construction. Its completion marked the joining of the eastern and western divisions of the Pennsylvania Railroad and contributed to the rise of that leading railroad. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, November 13, 1966

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on November 13, 1966
Reference number
66000647
Areas of significance
Engineering; Transportation
Level of significance
National
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Structure
Historic function
Rail-related
Current function
Rail-related
Period of significance
1850-1874
Significant years
1852; 1854

Update Log 

  • August 30, 2016: New photo from Steve Conro
  • August 24, 2010: New photos from Curtis Lee

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