Trackside Buildings

Trackside Buildings (HM11KT)

Location: Altoona, PA 16601 Blair County
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N 40° 29.872', W 78° 29.148'

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This 1870s view of Horseshoe Curve looks north past the rubble-strewn trackside area where you are standing, to show a coal hopper and a track along the hillside. These are evidence of coal mining activity along Kittanning Run. The shanty in the foreground is one of several to occupy this spot.

In 1879 the embankment on both sides of the Curve were sodded, and this level area was landscaped. The new watchman's shanty was patterned after a Swiss cottage. Mining activities seem to have expanded along Kittanning Run and in the foreground you can see the beginning of the spur that ran to another mining operation at the little town of Glen White.

A new stone station was constructed at Kitanning Point in 1892. More fill was added to the embankment and a third track was added to the main line in 1898. The present stone watchman's shanty and tool house (now vacant) was built sometime after 1900.
HM NumberHM11KT
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Date Added Saturday, October 4th, 2014 at 6:13pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 713055 N 4486054
Decimal Degrees40.49786667, -78.48580000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 29.872', W 78° 29.148'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 29' 52.32" N, 78° 29' 8.88" W
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Area Code(s)814
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1101 Veterans Memorial Hwy, Altoona PA 16601, US
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