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Industrial History Sites in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is extremely rich in historical sites ...

... devoted to its industrial and transportation heritage. Although many are owned and operated by private entities, the "Keystone State" is fortunate to contain several such sites maintained by the National Park Service (NPS), the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC), and the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR). Those government-operated industrial heritage sites are the subjects of this web site. 



Click on the pictures below ...

... for links to websites and  photo essays about these sites based on visits I made on a tour of the Commonwealth between 1999 and 2002.




Hopewell Furnace National Historical Site

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Hopewell Furnace (pdf)

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Allegheny Portage National Historical Site

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Click "Download" for the Illustrated Essay on the Allegheny Portage Railroad

Allegheny Portage (pdf)

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Steamtown National Historical Site

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Click "Download" for the Illustrated Essay on Seamtown

Steamtown (pdf)

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Drake Well Museum

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Click "Download" for the Illustrated Essay on the Drake Well Museum

DrakeWell (pdf)

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Pennsylvania Lumber Museum

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Click "Download" for the Illustrated Essay on the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum

PALumberMuseum (pdf)

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Anthracite Industry Sites

There are six sites in three counties related to Anthracite ...

... three in Scranton, two in Ashland, and the Eckley Miners Village east of Hazleton.

There are two underground mine tours, a preserved coal company town, an iron furnace complex, and two indoor museums.

You'll need at least two days to see them all, and that doesn't include Steamtown.

Click "Download" for the Illustrated Essay on Anthracite Industry Sites

Anthracite (pdf)

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National Canal Museum

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Click "Download" for the Illustrated Essay on the National Canal Museum

Canal Museum (pdf)

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Cornwall Iron Furnace

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Click "Download" for the Illustrated Essay on the Cornwall Iron Furnace

Cornwall Furnace (pdf)

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Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania

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Click "Download" for the Illustrated Essay on the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania

Railroad Museum (pdf)

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