Mount Jewett, Pennsylvania: The Kinzua Viaduct

Built in 1882, it was the longest, tallest railroad bridge in the country -- until a tornado destroyed it in 2003. Its impressive wreckage, viewed from a platform, has made it even more of a tourist attraction!

Kinzua Bridge State Park

Address:
1721 Lindholm Rd, Mount Jewett, PA
Directions:
Kinzua Bridge State Park. From US Hwy 6 at Mount Jewett, drive north four miles on Hwy 3011.
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The Kinzua Viaduct

Absolutely go out of your way. We ran into the the Kinzua Viaduct by recommendation from a local person. Great explanation of how it was built.

[K And k, 08/25/2021]
Kinzua Viaduct

My family, age 8-80, loved it. The museum does a great job of describing the viaduct. The views from the viaduct skyway are breathtaking.

[Carrie, 05/26/2018]

This viaduct was the longest, tallest railroad bridge in the country -- until a tornado destroyed it in 2003. Now its impressive wreckage has made it a tourist attraction.

Kinzua Bridge

Very cool wreck after a tornado. Amazing views and a true feeling of the force that went by here.

[Ida, 07/10/2016]

Skywalk for Kinzua Viaduct.

Kinzua Bridge Skywalk

A tornado blew down 11 of the old bridge's 20 support pillars on July 21, 2003. In 2009, work began to build a pedestrian walkway on the remaining towers of the old bridge. The Kinzua Sky Walk concludes with a glass-floor view of the valley below. Visitors can enjoy spectacular vistas while walking above the treetops.

[Dale Berridge, 07/28/2012]

Aug 2012: Photo added.

The Kinzua Viaduct

Built in 1882 by Gen. Thomas L. Kane. Completed in 94 days. Longest, highest railroad bridge of the 19th century. Now owned by Pennsylvania Dept. of Tranportation, listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Visited by 148,000 people annually.

[Thomas Thompson, 10/23/2002]

The Kinzua Bridge was over 2000 feet long and 301 feet high -- until a tornado destroyed it in 2003. Its twisted trusses and pretzel-wrapped girders remain, however, strewn across the countryside. The wreckage is a big tourist attraction on the new (2011) Kinzua Skywalk trail.


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