Railroad Depots of Northwest Pennsylvania

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From 1860 until the decline of the railroads nearly 100 years later, Pennsylvania led the nation in railroad miles. The zenith came in 1920, when the state boasted 11,500 miles of track. The northwest corner of the state was home to the Pennsylvania oil rush in the late 19th century, coal mines, timber forests, and stone quarries. The landscape was dotted with railroad depots every couple of miles. These depots were waypoints for business transactions, family reunions, outings to amusement parks, and soldiers leaving for or returning from service; they also became hangouts for pickpockets, targets for nighttime burglars, and sometimes storage sheds for explosives. Although Pennsylvania still has over 5,000 miles of track, only a few stations remain, and most of them have been repurposed as museums and businesses. This book captures the stories these stations told when rail was king in the early 20th century.
ISBN: 9781467105774
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Pennsylvania
Series: Images of Rail
Images: 231
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
In 1997, Dan West began setting out on railroad-station hunting trips in Pennsylvania with a friend, which led to the creation of the website Pennsylvania Railroad Stations Past & Present. Over the course of 20 years, the site has evolved to become the primary catalog for all known existing and former stations in the state.
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