The Daily News from Huntingdon, Pennsylvania on May 21, 1981 · Page 25
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The Daily News from Huntingdon, Pennsylvania · Page 25

Huntingdon, Pennsylvania
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Thursday, May 21, 1981
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Just For You EBTAnd Trolleys Waiting One of the most popular tourist attractions in- Central Pennsylvania is the East Broad Top Railroad and the Railways to Yesteryear complex in Rockhill Furnace." Not only railroad buffs but persons of all ages thrill at "riding behind steam" as the narrow guage East Broad Top Railroad winds it's way through the. Aughwick Valley to the Colgate Grove where passengers may remain to enjoy a . picnic lunch before boarding the next train for the ride back to the station. THE DAILY NEWS, HurHtrtddon,MounfUhtonOrtd$dxton,Po.,MdV 21,1961-PAGES The grounds of the railroad offer plenty of interesting scenes with emphasis oh the historic roundhouse. For years the busy railroad hauled coal and passengers from the Broad Top coal mines to Mount Union where it^ joined with the Pennsylvania Railroad. And, the very same day after your ride aboard "Old Easty" the visitor to Huntingdon County can climb aboard a trolley car and ride through history on the Shade Gap Line operated by the Railways to Yesterday. After being idle for about eight years the EBT came to life again in 1964 as a tourist attraction and has been designated a National Historic Landmark. There are so many things to see and do at this busy spot that visitors return time after time. Junction U.S. 22 &Rt.26 Best Western . Phone 814 643-1133 Huntingdon Motor Inn Restaurant—Lounge Natural Beauty At Its Best Mountains and a river help mark the natural beauty of the Broad Top Region. This photo was taken along Pa. Route 26 between Saxton and Riddlesburg, looking north toward Raystown Country. Breath - taking Broad Top Mountain is seen on the right. The scenic Raystown Branch of the Juniata River flows between the mountain range and Route 26 on the left. The former "main line" of the Huntingdon and Broad Top Mountain Railroad also passed through the area to the right of the river. Broad Top Area Is Rich With History And Beauty By Ron Morgan Daily News Staff Writer Vacationers making their way through "Raystown Country" and the Broad Top Region will find more than recreational attractions awaiting them. For the "history buff" central Pennsylvania means a rewarding trip down memory Jane and a delightful visit to the era of steam railroads, coal mines, Indians and Huntingdon Warehouse Food Market East Penn Street Huntingdon, Pa. — HOURS — Won., Tues., Wed., Sat. 9a.m. to 6 p.m. Thurt.&Fri.,9to9 full Line of Groceries FRESH PRODUCE Old Fashioned Style BUTCHER SHOP (Meat Dept. - Phone 643-1021) Low, Low Everyday Prices! SHOP WHERE YOU CAN SAVE MORE Tourist making their way into the Broad Top Region via Pa. Route 913 from Fulton County may feel the hardships that the early Broad Top settlers realized, as they arrived on the vast Broad Top Mountain, passing through the Gap in Sidling Hill at New Granada. Before them stood Broad Top Mountain, an unclaimed wilderness, which would later unlock its natural resources to wealthy ^Philadelphia businessmen", turning the region into a coal mining dynasty. But that event would not come until the mid -1850s, although coal had been discovered in the late 1770s by Nathan Port Horton, a migrating blacksmith, who settled in the Robertsdale area not long after the end of the Revolutionary War, Today the Broad Top Region remembers its historic past through historical markers and other sites of importance reflecting places and events'of an era past. Both historical sites and the region's natural beauty are reflected at various points on the Broad Top. As the tourist climbs the Broad Top Mountain from Fulton County, the breath - taking beauty of Fulton County and Sidling Hill can be seen from the southeastern side of the mountain (known locally as New Grenada Mountain). Hustontown is 'seen as it lies in the rolling fields of Fulton County much as it appeared to the early settlers who penetrated the region via the Raystown Path, one of the many (Cont.'donPage6) • Fishing Equipment • License • Live Bait BAIT BOX Heslton, Pa, 16647 / PHONE 814-658*3824

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