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Staple Bend Tunnel
U.S. National Register of Historic Places
U.S. National Historic Landmark
Staple Bend Tunnel
Staple Bend Tunnel is located in Pennsylvania
Location: Conemaugh Township, Cambria County, Pennsylvania
Coordinates: 40°21′33″N 78°51′19″W / 40.35917°N 78.85528°W / 40.35917; -78.85528Coordinates: 40°21′33″N 78°51′19″W / 40.35917°N 78.85528°W / 40.35917; -78.85528
Built/Founded: 1833
Architect: Welch, Sylvester; Appleton, J. & E., Builders
Architectural style(s): Other
Governing body: Private
MPS: Allegheny Portage Railroad MPS
Added to NRHP: April 19, 1994
Designated NHL: April 19, 1994[2]
NRHP Reference#: 94001187[1]

The Staple Bend Tunnel, about 4 miles (6.4 km) east of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, was constructed between 1831 and 1834 for the Allegheny Portage Railroad. Construction began on April 12, 1831.[3] This tunnel, at 901 feet (275 m) in length, was the first railway tunnel constructed in the United States. It is rock bored and stone lined.

It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1994.[2] It is now part of the Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site, administered by the National Park Service.


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  2. ^ a b "Staple Bend Tunnel". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2009-02-04. 
  3. ^ Rivanna Chapter, National Railway Historical Society (2005). "This Month in Railroad History: April". Retrieved April 12, 2006. 

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