About AltoonaAltoona was first settled in the mid-1700s. A series of stockades, including Fort Roberdeau, was built to protect the region against Native American raids. The region gained settlers and businesses with the completion of the Pennsylvania Canal in 1834, and within several years, the demand for lumber and coal gave rise to the railroad industry. The Allegheny Portage Railroad was founded in Altoona in 1849 during construction of the first railroad over the Alleghenies. For years the town's economy depended on railroad building and repair shops, but the area's economy has diversified and now includes manufacturing jobs.
PNG Field near Lakemont Park is home to Altoona's Class AA minor league baseball team, The Curve, which is affiliated with the Pittsburgh Pirates; phone (814) 943-5400 or (877) 992-8783 for ticket information.
The 958-acre Canoe Creek State Park, 12 miles east of Altoona, offers a wide assortment of summer and winter activities: fishing, swimming, horseback riding, boating, hiking, hunting, biking, cross-country skiing, iceboating, ice fishing, ice-skating and tobogganing. Environmental education and interpretive programs for families also are offered; phone (814) 695-6807.
Visitor Centers Explore Altoona 1216 11th Ave. Suite 216 Altoona, PA 16601. Phone:(814)943-4183 or (800)842-5866
ShoppingThe major shopping center is Logan Valley Mall, US 220 and Goods Lane. It features JCPenney and Macy's along with some 70 shops.
Things to Do Baker Mansion History Museum
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909 Chestnut Ave. Altoona, PA 16601