The history of the Broad Top Coal Field comes alive at Robertsdale where the Miners Museum/Entertainment Center is open Friday and Saturday from 10am-5pm and Sundays from 1-5pm and by appointment at other times. The Museum is located in the former Reality Theater. Mining exhibits and special events call 814-635-3807 weekends or 814-635-3220
Originally opened in 1857 as a repair shop for the Huntingdon and Broad Top Rail Road, the Keystone Foundry and Machine Works also produced mining tools and equipment mine cars, stoves and numerous cast metal objects. The foundry today is just the way the workmen left it one day in 1935, never to return again. The Keystone Foundry Museum is located in the Borough of Hopewell. Hours of operation are, June - September, Saturdays and Sundays 1-4 p.m. For more information call 814-928-5322 or 928-5111 or Write to: Hopewell Area Senior Citizens, Keystone Foundry Committee, P.O. Box 12, Hopewell, Pa. 16650.
Located in Riddlesburg, the 48 brick, beehive coke ovens were a part of a much larger iron-making industry. They were constructed in 1912. The 1929 depression forced the closing of the Riddlesburg operations. In 1939 the complex was reopened by US Pipe and Foundry Company, however labor disputes forced the closing in 1943. The largest-surviving section of Riddlesburg coke ovens has undergone restoration and is currently owned by the Broad Top Township Supervisors.
Graves of 10 of Captain Phillip's milita that were stationed to protect the woodcock valley area from Native Americans. They were captured and killed by Native Americans on July 16, 1780.
The 334-acre park is located in
Liberty Township, Bedford County, approximately two miles south of the Borough
of Saxton. Warriors Path State Park lies very near the famous path used by the
in raids and wars with the Cherokees and other American Indians in southern Pennsylvania.
The 349-acre park is located in Liberty Township, Bedford County, approximately
two miles south of the Borough of Saxton. Boating: A boat ramp for canoes, rafts
and small boats is available as a take out or launch site for floating the river.
Boating or rafting can be enjoyed during the spring or late fall. The water level
of the river is usually too shallow for summer boating. Picnicking: Two, reservable
picnic pavilions, with nearby restrooms, are available. Numerous picnic tables
lie throughout the park. The Raystown Branch of the Juniata River meanders around
the finger of land that is Warriors Path State Park. Unique habitats exist as
a result of the river formation. A freshwater swamp and weathered shale cliffs
are examples of the unique natural wonders this park offers More information available
Located along a scenic gorge created as Great Trough Creek cuts through Terrace Mountain and empties into Raystown Lake, Trough Creek State Park was recognized for its natural and geological beauty during the mid-1930s when the CCC constructed park trails and facilities. This park offers beautiful hiking trails, scenic picnicking and is a quiet place to relax. Trough Creek State Park is along a scenic gorge created as Great Trough Creek cuts through Terrace Mountain and empties into Raystown Lake. This 554-acre park is bordered by Rothrock State Forest and Raystown Lake Recreation Area. The park can be accessed by traveling 16 miles south from Huntingdon along PA Route 26, then 5 miles east along PA Route 994 near the village of Entriken. More information available at www.dcnr.pa.us
As you enter through the Borough of Saxton from the north west you can see a sandstone out crop along the ridge to the east. The history of the name Sunday rock came about when local residents would hike to the rock on Sundays with family and friends. I am not sure if this is true but it sounds good.
From 1962 to 1972, the Saxton Nuclear Power Plant was the second privately owned nuclear reactor in the United States. It was a power and research reactor that was used to develop a number of technologies used today in the nuclear power industry. Saxton pioneered the use of boron in cooling water to control the chain reaction, and was also the first privately owned power reactor to use plutonium as fuel. Today the plant is being decommissioned and the site will return to its natural state.
Evans Cemetery is the burial site of Thomas White. Mr. White participated in the Boston Tea Party and Revolutionary War solider who settled on the Broad Top Mountain after the war. This marker can be reached by turning onto Washington Street from State Route 913 in Dudley, and proceeding two miles to the graveyard.
Weavers Falls is located at the south end of Raystown Lake. It is a United States Army Corps of Engineers owned boat ramp facility. It also has picnic grounds and an accompanying playground area.
The East Broad Top Railroad and
Coal Company was a short line narrow gauge railroad built in 1872-74 to service
the coal fields of
the Broad Top Mountain area of southwestern Pennsylvania, and haul the coal to
the Pennsylvania Railroad at Mount Union or to on-line iron furnaces. The EBT
dutifully and, for the most part, profitably performed this duty for over eighty
years. The Broad Top coal business faded in the mid 1950's as oil and gas replaced
coal power in many applications and the need for Broad Top coal haulers came to
Burial site for Italian immigrants
that settled in Robertsdale and the Broad Top area. The site has been restored
and is listed on the National Historical Sites list.
Location of the headless horseman. Broad Top Cemetery is also the burial site of Vaughn Horton, the famous country singer and songwriter. Vaughn Horton was native of Broad Top City. His famous song - "Mockin' Bird Hill", was written on JC Blair Memorial Hospital hill while his father was a patient at the hospital.