Type: Rail trail Length: 3.50 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Bicycling (on pavement), Bicycling (off pavement), Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running, Roller/Inline Skating, Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No
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Location: Peters Township
Latitude: 40.2783 Longitude: -80.08339
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Although the Montour Railroad was originally organized in 1877, our section wasn't built until 1912-1914. Horses and manual labor cleared and leveled the site. The railroad transported coal 55 miles from mines in Mifflin and Library. Sweeping west and north to a "coal laundry" facility in Allegheny County, the train carried coal to coke ovens, then on to the Ohio River. Its cars also hauled wood to nearby lumberyards, and served general stores along its route. One of these stores was operated by the McMurray family here in Peters Township.
In 1975, the P & LE Railroad purchased the tracks; two years later the local portion was abandoned.
The township purchased the 100 acres of railroad right-of-way in 1985. With the help of state funds, the first phase was developed as a recreational multi-use trail as well as to preserve and reinstate the natural surroundings with native trees and wildflowers. Since its opening, the township has continued to expand and improve the trail.
Width: 120 inches.
Primary Surface: Asphalt
Secondary Surface: Asphalt
Average Grade: 1%
Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Year Designated: 2003
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