Johnstown Flood Museum
304 Washington Street, Johnstown, PA 15901
Tel: 814-539-1889 or 888-222-1889
Learn more about one of the worst peacetime disasters in United States history at the Johnstown Flood Museum; Historic photos, artifacts, exhibits and models chronicle the causes and aftermath of the Great Flood of 1889, which nearly destroyed the city. The tragic event is re-created in the Academy Award-winning documentary The Johnstown Flood, shown hourly.
Johnstown Heritage Discovery Center
201 Sixth Ave., Johnstown, PA 15906
814-539-1889 or 888-222-1889
Celebrate the accomplishments of early Johnstown immigrants and their contributions to the American dream at the new Johnstown Heritage Discovery Center. Housed in a former brewery building, the center shows how immigrants helped to shape the social and cultural history of Johnstown in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when the city was a developing industrial town.
Johnstown Flood National Memorial
733 Lake Road, St. Michael, PA 15951
This national memorial pays tribute to the 2,209 people who died in the Great Flood of 1889. At the visitors center, you'll learn about the events leading up to the tragedy and the heroic rebuilding efforts that followed. Nearby are the remains of the South Fork Dam, which, upon failing, released 20 million tons of water on the town. Also here: a 35-minute film that re-creates the tragedy.
Somerset Historical Center
10649 Somerset Pike, Somerset, PA 15501
The Somerset Historical Center celebrates Western Pennsylvania's pioneer past and rural heritage. You'll find special demonstrations here of pioneer trades such as maple sugar production, wool processing and spinning. Exhibits feature artifacts from the everyday lives of Indians, trappers and settlers. A genealogical library is also on site.
Windber Coal Heritage Center
501 15th St., Windber, PA 15963
“Black gold” had an undeniable impact on the city of Windber and much of Western Pennsylvania. To learn about the coal mining industry and the people who made it possible, pay a visit to the Windber Coal Heritage Center. Exhibits explore Windber's founding, ethnic immigration, and the tools and technologies of coal mining. A replica of a working mine is also here.
Cambria County Historical Society Museum & Library
615 N. Center Street, Ebensburg, PA 15931
Cambria County played a vital role in helping Pennsylvania become one of the nation's industrial leaders. Learn more about ttie county and its people at the Cambria County Historical Society Museum. It's housed in the historic A.W. Buck House and contains 15 rooms of photos, maps and artifacts. A research library where you can research your family tree - is also on site.
Johnstown Inclined Plane
711 Edgehill Drive, Westmont, PA 15905
The Johnstown Inclined Plane is known as the steepest vehicular inclined plane in the world. Built as a “lifesaver” after the Great Flood of 1889, the Inclined Plane has a 71.9% grade and offers spectacular views of both the Johnstown and Conemaugh valleys. Also here: the James Wolfe Sculpture Trail, a 30-foot-by-60-foot American flag and an informative visitors center.
PA Route 381, 4 miles south of Mill Run, PA
Visit the PBS webpages for Fallingwater
Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwateris considered by many to be the best all-time work of American architecture. Built over a waterfall and perfectly integrated into its woodland surroundings, it's the last remaining great Frank Lloyd Wright house still in its original setting and with original furnishings and artwork intact. Tours are available; reservations are necessary to guarantee admission.
Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site
110 Federal Park Road, Gallitzin, PA 16641
The Allegheny Portage Railroad, which operated between 1834 and 1854, was considered one of the greatest technological wonders of its time. The first railroad to be constructed over the Allegheny Mountains, it was critical in the settlement of the frontier. The visitors center explores this history through artifacts and exhibits and a short film.
Seldom Seen Valley Tourist Coal Mine
814-247-6305 or 800-237-8590
Put on your hard hat and visit the Seldom Seen Valley Tourist Coal Mine for an unforgettable underground adventure. Your .tour is guided by retired miners who explain the typical work day of the coal miner. The mine is located four miles north of Patton along Route 36, approximately 45 minutes from Johnstown.
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