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Discover an engineering wonder of the 19th Century that played a critical role in opening the interior of the United States to trade and settlement. From 1834 to 1854, this inclined plane railroad carried canal boats over the Allegheny Mountains. At the Visitor Center, learn about the people who built the Allegheny Portage Railroad, and the merchants, passengers, soldiers and slaves who used 'the portage.' Visit an inn that served passengers of the day. At a separate site, take a walk through America's first railroad tunnel, Staple Bend, built in 1833. Concerts, hikes, van tours and special programming are held throughout the summer and fall months. Check the website for details. Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site is one of five national parks in the Laurel Highlands region.