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In 1849, the Pennsylvania Railroad built a repair facility that contained a blacksmith shop, a locomotive repair shop, and a machine shop. The area of central Pennsylvania chosen for this shop, Altoona, soon experienced a period of rapid growth that centered on the railroad.
Horseshoe Curve, a National Historic Landmark, is still used by 51 freight trains a day. The Railroaders Memorial Museum visitor’s center is located at the base of the curve and features a stairway to an observation park. The curve was completed in 1854 and ascends 122 feet.
Before the railroads came to Altoona it was sparsely populated. The area was the site of Alleghany Furnace, and in 1836, the new furnace owner, Elias Baker, built his mansion. The Baker Mansion was completed in 1849 and today is a National Historic Site and a popular museum.
Located in the Allegheny Mountains, Altoona’s outdoor recreation opportunities include 30 parks and the 16-mile Rails to Trails path – perfect for horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking, and cross-country skiing. The city maintains two public pools, several ball parks, and golf courses, as well.