Lemon House, Allegheny Portage Railroad NHS, Pennsylvania

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Lemon House, Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site


The Allegheny Portage Railroad was the first railroad to conquer the Allegheny Mountains.  This 36 mile long railroad operated from 1834 to 1857 and connected two parts of the Pennsylvania Main Line Canal.  The opening of the canal and railroad greatly reduced trave time between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh from over threes weeks to around five days.

Samuel and Jean Lemon operated the Lemon House as a tavern along the tracks of the state-run Portage from when it opened in 1834 until the late 1840s.  They sold coal, wood, water, and stone to the railroad.  Their business connections with the Portage led the to become some of the weathiest residents in the surrounding area in the mid 19th century.  The Lemon House still stands today and is among the most important historical resources at Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site.

This ¾" thick wooden replica is handcrafted in the U.S. to reflect its historical features. It can set neatly on a shelf, wainscoting, or window/door trim to remind you of a special place you've visited or dream of visiting someday.  A  description is written on the back. Look for Casper, our mascot black cat, taking up residence within the design. This is the sign of an authentic Cat’s Meow!