GAP Trail History

It’s with great pleasure that we announce the launch of the History of Building the Great Allegheny Passage website.

The 40-year Journey of Building the Great Allegheny Passage was a labor of love for so many. It involved acquiring land and land rights, rebuilding bridges, viaducts and tunnels, and transforming rail-beds into a world-class trail. Its building was complex, employing efforts fueled by passionate individuals, far-sighted government entities, enthusiastic engineering companies and contractors, and dedicated volunteers. Generous foundations and individuals were vital supporters from the beginning – and we thank you all.

On the left, Browneller Bridge was being constructed by a group of volunteers in 1997. A year later, on the right, Campbells Run Bridge construction begins, also with group of volunteers.

Please enjoy exploring the website and let us know if you have any comments or suggestions, and we can always use more photos! While we tried our best, there’s a chance that we overlooked a story, a person or an organization involved with building the Great Allegheny Passage, please let us know so that we can make the changes,

On the left, you can see the West Newton Station from approximately 2003, and on the right, the Ohiopyle State Park Low Bridge.

The bonus of archiving this significant historic information on a secure website is that we can continue to add to it as new information emerges, which we’ll most likely be doing for quite a while!

Somerset County ​Trail Dedication Day in 2008.


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