Miners Museum
   Keystone Foundry
   Coke Ovens
   Capt. Phillips Memorial
   Warrior Path State Park
   Trough Creek State Park
   Sunday Rock
   Saxton Nuclear Plant
   Evans Cemetary
   Weavers Falls
   EBT Railroad
   Italian Cemetary
   Broad Top Cemetary


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Broad Top Area Coal Miners Museum

      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

Keystone Foundry

      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.

 

Coke Ovens

      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.

 

Captain Phillips Memorial

      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.

 



Warrior Path State Park

      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 Iroquois 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 at www.dcnr.pa.us

Trough Creek State Park

      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

Sunday Rock

      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.

Saxton Nuclear Power Plant

      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

      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

      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.

 

 

East Broad Top Railroad

      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 an end.
      On April 14 1956, the line officially ceased operations Even at that time the EBT was the last original narrow gauge east of the Rockies. As with it's contemporaries, the EBT was closed and was sold for dimantlement and salvage. Unlike them, the EBT was never dismantled. Nick Kovalchick of Kovalchick Salvage purchased the line in 1956, but did not dismantle it immediately. The entire line lie dormant until 1960, when at the request of the Orbisonia Bicentennial committee, the EBT began operating excursions on a portion of the line.
      Since then 5 miles of the line has served as tourist hauler while the remainder of the road went into a kind of stasis for the next 40 years. It is a complete, intact 19th and early 20th century railroad and infrastructure. The entire 33-mile, 3-foot gauge main line is intact as are seven steam locomotives (four operable) built for the EBT, over 200 steel freight cars built by and for the EBT, a complete, belt-driven shops complex that has no equal in North America, and a living history from the people who worked the road and the industries it served.
      All of the EBT has been a National Historic Landmark since 1964, which is the highest rating on the US National Register of Historic Places. As far back as the 1930's the EBT was recognized as a unique railroad when the National Railway Historical Society began sponsoring excursion trips on the road. The remoteness that made the EBT special then has helped to save it for today.
       Alas, time has taken its toll on the EBT, taking many structures and endangering many more. Public efforts to preserve and restore the EBT began in ernest with the founding of the Friends of the EBT in 1982 and the publishing of Study of Alternatives in 1989. Since then the effort has been gaining momentum. Most recently published, Full Steam Ahead is a framework plan for preserving and restoring the EBT.
      The East Broad Top is the greatest untapped historical resource of the Industrial Age. It is a unique time capsule of the life and times of the rural industrial culture, one waiting to be opened and shown to the world. All it needs is some help.

 

Robertsdale Italian Cemetery

      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.

Broad Top Cemetery

      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.

 

 


This project was financed by a grant from the PA Dept. of Community & Economic Development through the SAPDC.