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In 1870, Johnstown was the largest steel-making center in the United States, producing millions of tons of steel for railroads, warships, and bridges. In May of 1889, the city made national news when a devastating 35-foot-high wall of water from a broken dam swept through the town, taking more than 2,200 lives; the excellent Johnstown Area Heritage Association flood museum tells the story. The world’s steepest inclined plane (gravity car) takes visitors from Johnstown up a 900-foot slope to an observation deck high above the river.

Not far from town, former miners — many of whom are descendants of immigrants who toiled in ...

In 1870, Johnstown was the largest steel-making center in the United States, producing millions of tons of steel for railroads, warships, and bridges. In May of 1889, the city made national news when a devastating 35-foot-high wall of water from a broken dam swept through the town, taking more than 2,200 lives; the excellent Johnstown Area Heritage Association flood museum tells the story. The world’s steepest inclined plane (gravity car) takes visitors from Johnstown up a 900-foot slope to an observation deck high above the river.

Not far from town, former miners — many of whom are descendants of immigrants who toiled in Pennsylvania coal banks for as little as 25 cents a ton — personally guide tourists and share details of their work experiences deep within the veins of the Seldom Seen Mine. Thirty rides, an extensive water park, go-karts, and a beautiful miniature golf course are part of DelGrosso’s Amusement Park in nearby Tipton. In Imler, popular Blue Knob State Park is the local favorite for winter sports.

Joanne Miller
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Joanne Miller is the author of several Moon guidebooks, including Pennsylvania Handbook, Chesapeake Bay Handbook, and Maryland/Delaware Handbook.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Cambria County, South Western Pennsylvania approximately 60 miles east of Pittsburgh
  • Research: Wikitravel | Wikipedia
  • Weather: Rainfall
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  • Best Time to Visit:

    Late spring through late autumn — the area is especially scenic when leaves turn.