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Old Pennsylvania Railroad Station (Harrisburg Transportation Center), Harrisburg, PA by Laura Tomokiyo

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Laura Tomokiyo Laura Tomokiyo
Explore score
0.40 Gigapixels
Date added
Sep 05, 2007
Date taken
Sep 04, 2007

Panorama by Jeb Stuart / Jackson Lattimore. Harrisburg grew from its earliest years due to its strategic location as a gateway to western expansion becoming one of the most important inland centers of transportation and trade, exceeded only by the major Atlantic Seaboard and Chesapeake Bay cities. The development of rail lines along the same routes as the earlier canal systems converged in downtown Harrisburg. The present station’s first part was opened November 23, 1887. This complex was expanded in 1902 and 1910. Built by the mighty Pennsylvania Railroad, which established major operations in Harrisburg, it was the fourth train station on this sight. The first was built in 1837 by a rail forerunner. It gave way to two facilities in 1849 and 1857. The 1857 station which occupied the site of the present building was viewed by President Abraham Lincoln when arriving at Harrisburg on route to his 1861 inauguration in Washington DC. It was also the stop of Lincoln’s funeral train in 1865 which made a multi-city procession to Springfield, Illinois. Queen Anne in architectural style, the present building was hub for millions of rail passengers over a century. In 1922, during railroading’s Golden Years, over 100 trains arrived and departed here each day. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the Old Pennsylvania Railroad Station, now the Harrisburg Transportation Center, is particularly distinguished by its lofty train sheds, a rarity in the United States, and by the thorough restoration that presents to current and future rail passengers a fitting “welcome mat” to the city which lies beyond.

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