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Railroad Heritage in America’s National Parks

Until the rise of the automobile, passenger trains were the most popular way for Americans to travel long distances. The 1930s were rail travel’s “Golden Age,” when passengers watched diverse scenery whisk by while enjoying gourmet food and wine delivered by porter to an opulent coach. Railroads ran nationwide ad campaigns in newspapers and magazines, encouraging Americans to see the country via train, and many of these advertisements marketed special routes to large western national parks and urban sites. Learn more about America’s railroad heritage by visiting Steamtown National Historic Site, Golden Spike National Historic Site, and Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site.

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