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Friday, December 9, 2016

Historic Pennsylvania Railroad Train Station in Duncannon

Historic Pennsylvania Railroad Train Station in Duncannon
Duncannon is a small town located along the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania. It sits right along routes 11/15 and is one of those sleepy little towns with not a lot of things to do. Many people may recognize the town for it's name because the popular Appalachian Trail runs right though it. Often times hikers will come into town to stay overnight, to grab a bite to eat or to stock up on their camping & hiking supplies.

Back at the turn of the century, Duncannon was a popular hub for land and water travel. The Duncannon Railroad Station (train station) was built in 1902 and was used for both passenger and cargo transportation. It sits right along the two railroad tracks that run behind it and in front of it is a parking lot.

The train station hasn't been used by the railroad for many decades! As a small child, we would often times play ball in their parking lot and nearby ball field during the spring, summer and fall seasons. When I was a child, I remember the building sitting abandoned for many years, but now I've been told that Blue Ridge Cable Company remodeled the building and is housing their local offices inside it. Nice to see that this historic old building is being put to good use and wasn't torn down.

The Pennsylvania Train Station located in Duncannon is one of many historical buildings that are still standing in town. You'll also find the Hotel Doyle, the Clarks Ferry Tavern, the Old Sled Works, First National Bank and several old christian churches. If you're looking to grab a bite to eat while visiting or passing through Duncannon, you'll want to check out the famous Red Rabbit Drive-In Restaurant which sites right outside of town along routes 22/322.

1 comment:

jopb said...

I am always glad when historical sites and preserved or kept in good shape while being use. This could be another interesting little town to visit for all those interested in the historical background.