Museums & Historical Locations

Johnstown Flood Museum

The Johnstown Flood Museum recreates the 1889 Flood with exhibits, artifacts and the Academy Award® winning film, The Johnstown Flood, the only museum-commissioned documentary that has won an Academy Award® in the short subject documentary category. Exhibits also include “The Oklahoma House,” a pre-fabricated structure sent to Johnstown to house flood survivors.
304 Washington St., Johnstown, PA 15901 • (814) 539-1889 •

Johnstown Flood National Memorial

National Park Service Site located at the ruins of the South Fork Dam that burst May 31, 1889. Visitor center with exhibits and a life-size "debris wall" that dramatically illustrates the flood wave that devastated Johnstown. The film Black Friday recreates that day in 1889. A picnic area is available. Trails are present around the dam's remains.
733 Lake Road, South Fork, PA 15956 • (814) 495-4643 •

Saint Michael Historic District and 1889 Club House

Several historic structures once part of the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club which owned the South Fork Dam and Lake Conemaugh when the damn failed on May 31, 1889. The three-story clubhouse had 47 rooms and lodged most of the members of the club. Clubhouse is open for visitation during the summer months as part of "Journey Around Lake Conemaugh" Van Tours.
186 Main Street, Saint Michael, PA 15951 • (814) 495-4643 •

Path of the Flood Trail

Historic walking and bicycling trail following the path of the Great Johnstown Flood of 1889. Interpretive signs relate the story of the rushing waters and the terrible aftermath. At Mineral Point, the trail joins the Staple Bend Tunnel Trail and continues from the Franklin Borough Ball Field to the Johnstown Flood Museum in downtown Johnstown.

Heritage Discovery Center

Spectacular, three-story Iron & Steel Gallery includes a theater where the film “The Mystery of Steel” tells the story of how Johnstown played a crucial role in the early days of the steel industry. It explains how innovations developed here helped transform America into a modern industrial nation. See high-definition footage of Johnstown’s steel mills in 1992, just weeks before the mills closed.
201 Sixth Ave., Johnstown, PA 15906 • (814) 539-1889 •

Inclined Plane

The Incline carries passengers and automobiles up and down a 71% grade hillside measuring 900 feet from the valley below. Enjoy a breathtaking view of the city from our observation deck. Stroll through the souvenir shop. Visitor center, restaurant, ice cream shop, exhibits, and Centennial Flag. Seasonal hours. Rates vary. Please check website.
711 Edgehill Dr., Johnstown, PA 15905 • (814) 536-1816 •

Flight 93 Memorial

Skyline Road Stoystown, PA 15563. Office:National Park Service, 109 W. Main Street, Suite 104 Somerset, PA 15501. 814-443-4557

Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site

The construction and operation of the Allegheny Portage Railroad was one of the greatest engineering feats of the 19th century. Visitor center, restored historic Lemon House tavern, hands-on exhibits, and full-scale models in the Engine House Interpretive Building. Picnic area, hiking, and cross-country ski trails.
U.S. Route 22, Gallitzin Exit. 110 Federal Park Road, Gallitizin, PA 16641 • (814) 886-6150 •

Staple Bend Tunnel 

A 901-foot tunnel is the first railroad tunnel built in the United States. In operation from 1833 until 1852 when the Pennsylvania Railroad bypassed it, restorations to the tunnel have revitalized it into part of a five-mile biking / walking trail. The grand entrances, detailed stonework and marvelous sandstone-arched liners greet visitors as they explore the national historic site. Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site.
(814) 886-6150 •

Eliza Furnace Historic Site

A National Register site. Dating from 1846, the Eliza Furnace is one of only a few iron furnaces remaining in the United States that still retains its original heat exchanger piping. Located along the Ghost Town Trail, one-half mile west of Vintondale, PA.
(724) 463-8636 •

Portage Station Museum and Theatre

Located in the 1926 original (restored) railroad depot building in Portage. Extraordinary displays of area history and culture formed through the influences of coal mining, railroads, steel, forests, water, and recreation. Pennsylvania Railroad artifacts, exhibits, train viewing, and the video 63 Men Down.
400 Lee Street, Portage, PA 15946 • (814) 736-9223 •

Seldom Seen Valley Tourist Coal Mine

An exciting, unforgettable trip where coal seams, millions of years old, were dug by hand, loaded on cars and hauled from the mines by mules. Former miners guide tourists and share details of their work experience.
Route 36, 4 miles north of Patton • (814) 247-6305 (coal mine) • (814) 674-5901 (off-season) •

Miners Memorial Museum

While visiting the Johnstown Flood Memorial, stop by for a glimpse of the region's coal mining heritage. Located along Lake Road. Open seasonally. Adams / Croyle Recreation Authority.
132 Park Road, South Fork, PA 15963

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