New Kinzua Visitor Center offers Sky Walk and more

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You can still “walk across the sky” 235 feet above the Kinzua Gorge, but a new visitor center at the Kinzua Bridge State Park in Jewett, Pa., enhances that experience with two exhibit halls that highlight the innovative spirit of Gen. Thomas L. Kane and Octave Chanute, who built the original Kinzua Viaduct in 1882. At that time it was the world’s highest and longest railroad viaduct.

One fun exhibit is an excursion railroad car where visitors can view videos showing what it was like to be a passenger on the excursion trains that once crossed the bridge. Windows in the visitor center offer a magnificent view of the Kinzua Sky Walk, rebuilt from six of the original steel towers that supported the viaduct after a tornado destroyed the bridge in 2003.

From the Sky Walk, you can still see the twisted wreckage that resulted lying on the valley floor. Access to the Sky Walk is free.

via Nicholas A. Tonelli on Flcikr.
via Nicholas A. Tonelli on Flcikr.

 

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