Field Trip – Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum, Horseshoe Curve & Chimney Rock Area

Photo by Randal Lathrop

By: Randal Lathrop & Jim Crowley

Saturday September 24, 2011
Leaving from the Giant in Camp Hill at 7:30 AM (2 hour drive)

We will leave from the Giant Grocery Store in Camp Hill at 7:30AM. Please park on the Arby’s side of the lot. This is our usual location for carpooling.

The Railroad Museum is open from 10:00AM until 5:00PM. It is dedicated to revealing, interpreting, commemorating and celebrating the significant contributions of Railroaders and their families to American life and industry. Additional information can be found here:

The Horseshoe Curve is open from 10:00AM until 6:00PM. A combo admission ticket for both venues costs $10.00 per adult. Additional information can be found here:

Lunch reservations have been made at the Dream Restaurant in Hollidaysburg for a 12:30PM lunch break. They have a variety of menu items that should satisfy everyone’s tastes. Additional information can be found here:

There are many interesting places to see in Altoona, Hollidaysburg, and the surrounding area that will provide great photographic opportunities.  From the "National Register of Historic Places in Blair County", the following places are in close proximity to where we will be visiting on Saturday.

1.  Allegheny Furnace, Altoona, PA - built in 1811

2.  Blair County Courthouse, Hollidaysburg, PA

3.  Highland Hall, Hollidaysburg, PA

Additional information can be found here:,_Pennsylvania

Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum

Horshoe Curve

Chimney Rocks Park and Recreation Center is about a 25 minute drive from the Horseshoe Curve. A geologic feature on the ridge overlooking Hollidaysburg from the south, Chimney Rocks afforded a broad view of the countryside.  Historically, it served as an observation point for Indians and a place for council meetings. Additional information can be found here:

We will be leaving for the return trip to Camp Hill by 5:00PM.