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Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site

4/12/1997 Continued on to the Allegheny Portage Railroad NHS [NHL]. This was a 1830s system or regular rail and cable car type lifting rails that carried boats (some of which separated into sections) over the mountains from one canal system to another, allowing canal travel from Phili to/from Pittsburgh. Took a walk (in the rain) down to the engine house for the lifting sections to the summit. Good displays in the visitor center.

Interpretive signage at the site
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A nice interior display
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Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site

11/3/1996 Drove into Phili, parked at Edgar Allan Poe NHS [NHL]. Saw slide show, walked around house. Poe lived here about a year, and didn’t leave anything. House is completely bare (plaster walls, etc.) so not that interesting. Did see cellar that probably inspired “The Black Cat”.

The park sign
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The home exterior ...
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... and an interior
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"Nevermore"
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2/28/2016 First stop, the Edgar Allan Poe House NHS and NHL. This is the preserved home rented by the author in 1843, the only Philadelphia home of his that survives. We watched a short video then walked around the house. There aren't any furnishings; in fact there are just unfinished plaster walls everywhere. After a quick walk outside we hit the road...

The park sign and the house
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Views inside ...
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... with hints of what was there
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A view of the house from out back
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The house and VC
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Well, maybe once more ...
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Inspiration for The Black Cat
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Eisenhower National Historic Site

2/15/1997 ... took shuttle to Eisenhower [NHS] Farm (NPS) [Dwight D. Eisenhower Farmstead NHL]. Walked around house and outside grounds - very pretty with snow on the ground. Shuttle back to Visitor Center.

The park sign
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The Eisenhower home
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Me out front in the cold
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Friendship Hill National Historic Site

4/11/1997 From there to Friendship Hill NHS [Albert Gallatin House NHL], home of Albert Gallatin (among many things Secretary of Treasury for Jefferson and Madison). Nice talking hologram presentation in house, but no furnishings (house has beautiful location on hill overlooking the Monongahela River). Took great walk in beautiful weather to A. S. first wife’s grave and through woods.

The park sign
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Gallatin's home in a pretty location
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Me from one of the out buildings
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A sculpture of Gallatin
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Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site

11/2/1996 NJ/PA Turnpikes, then back roads to Hopewell Furnace NHS. Weather brisk but nice fall day. Walked around village area that produced iron in the late 1700s and early 1800s. Saw water wheel bellows and furnace where they made pig iron and “Big House” where the master lived. As a fun extra, got buckets and apple-picking poles and picked apples in the orchard - got nice Yorks and Red Romes.

The park sign
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The Big House
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A shot of the exterior of the works
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Maureen by the water wheel
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Steamtown National Historic Site

7/5/1996 Drove to Scranton and parked at Steamtown NHS (got there at 8:30, opens at 9). ... looked at some of the huge engines displayed outside including a big 4-8-8-4. Went inside the visitor center and got on a tour of the maintenance areas of the old roundhouse. As the tour ended, a huge steam engine was just backing out of the roundhouse onto the turntable - magnificent sounds! This train turned on the turntable and left the roundhouse area, to be used later for excursion trips. A smaller engine pulled into the roundhouse yard area and sat there, full of coal and steaming away. Old engineer types (former railroad workers) fit the picture perfectly. Also visited an interesting technology museum.

The park sign
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One of the huge engines
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Engineer Bill from the inside ...
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... and outside
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On the roundhouse turntable
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Puffing away like in years gone by
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10/2/2004 Walked over to the Steamtown NHS [also in the Lackawanna Valley NHA]. Much more stuff here (2nd visit) on history and technology of trains. Took a ride on a 3 car train pulled by steam engine, then watched 2 locomotives pulled onto the turn table, circled around and into the roundhouse. Very cool – huge engine up so close that you could feel the heat.

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Me by a really big loco!
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The roundhouse and turntable
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Our excursion loco
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The full excursion train outside ...
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... and from the inside
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Me taking a ride
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