Introduction to Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania
Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, in Blair county, is 84 miles E of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The town is located in the Altoona metropolitan area.
The area of present day Hollidaysburg was laid out in 1796. It was founded by, and named after Adam and William Holiday. Within the next two decades, a tavern and a numerous houses were constructed. Because it is located between the Portage Railroad and the Pennsylvania Canal, Hollidaysburg served as a gateway to Western Pennsylvania. In 1836, it was officially established as a borough. A decade later after the formation of Blair County, Hollidaysburg was declared the county seat. The Pennsylvania Railroad built a switching yard in 1903, which directed US Route 22 through the borough.
Hollidaysburg and Nearby Attractions
- Lakemont Park
- Canoe Creek State Park
- Railroaders Memorial Museum
- Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site
Things To Do In Hollidaysburg
The "Railroaders Memorial Museum" is a memorial representing the contributions made by the railroaders and their families to the life and industry of America. "Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site" features the remains of Allegheny Portage Railroad, the first railroad built in Pennsylvania. Other places of interest nearby include the Canoe Creek State Park and Lakemont Park which houses the world’s oldest surviving roller coaster.
Altoona-Blair County Airport is nearby.
Hollidaysburg Higher Education
The colleges closest to Hollidaysburg include Juniata College, Mount Aloysius College, Penn State Altoona, and Saint Francis University.