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Town Trek #10: Inclined Plane

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Published on Oct 27, 2009

After the Johnstown Flood killed over 2,200 residents on May 31, 1889, the city rebuilt and developed new residential areas on higher elevations. The Johnstown Inclined Plane was built to serve the residents of one of these new communities, Westmont. The borough of Westmont is on top of Yoder Hill, which has a grade of 70.9%, too steep for a road. Consequently, a decision was made to build a funicular, with construction started in 1890, and service beginning on June 1, 1891. The inclined plane transported people, and even horses and wagons up and down the steep hillside. This is the last stop on the Johnstown Town Trek.

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