Broken concrete, vine twisted trees, and the sound of the wind making the trees creak is what greets you as you enter this abandoned stretch of road. Cars whiz by on the bypass of the tunnels in the distance which sounds like ghosts of days gone by. Walking along the road you hear water trickling and upon further investigation find stone culverts that were built when the stretch was originally a rail line. Then out of nowhere, a large black hole appears in the mountain side. Once the fastest way through the mountains of Pennsylvania since the railroad, now sits dark and lonely.
Colorful graffiti lines the walls from all the curious and sometimes sketchy characters who have visited over the years. The concrete inside the tunnel slowly breaks away to expose the metal beneath holding it together. Broken light fixtures that once shined bright through the long mountain passage now remain dark and shattered. Some machinery remains but is slowly rotting away by the elements. Here are some photos from our trip there.
Nestled on the Allegheny Mountains in a small town of Pennsylvania, a marvel that is thought to be the highest and longest tunnels that was once the Pennsylvania Railroad: Section No. 105 rests. Finished in 1904, the tunnels were used to carry trains up a steep mountain on tracks that travel the historic Horseshoe Curve in Altoona. While the Tunnels themselves are not Perishing, in 1995, that all changed.
Construction in 1995 closed the Gallitzin Tunnel, housing the single track. The main view of the tunnels is located along Jackson Street in Gallitzin, the back of this architectural gem is hidden. When viewing from Jackson Street, it is completely bricked, giving it an aesthetic appearance while the opening in back is just fenced. To get there you must travel Sugar Run Road, a snake like road that allows access to the other side.
The Allegheny Tunnel contains the twin tracks that run parallel to each other and are in use today. Beginning in 1995 construction began to enlarge the tunnel to accommodate the growing height of trains. Widening was also performed to allow for two trains to simultaneously pass through. The decision to close the Gallitzin Tunnel with a lonely single track, was more than likely fiscally and structurally decided.
Up on the hill side next to a track that is still in use is what remains of a Signal House. The Signal House is no longer in use, but it stands tall along the Portage line of the Railroad, from there you can see the Portage Tunnel.
Once a booming attraction that closed down in the 90s is now left to the elements. It’s hard to imagine that now, but this place used to bring in 60,000 people a year. It housed exotic animals, offered elephant rides, and allowed you to walk through a real life storybook. This is what remains.
Once a booming town, in southwest Pennsylvania, is now looking more like a ghost town. Located along the Monogahela River, it was most known for the building of steamboats in the 19th century. The pictures below show the state of a section of Market Street now. Only the buildings of what was remain.
A day trip here and a day trip there equals a ton of photos and information. Exploring our own backyards, so to say, can be exciting. There is so much out there that goes unnoticed and/or forgotten. We’re truly excited to share all this with you! Hopefully you check back often, or like our Facebook page to keep track.