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The two RV Gypsies at the Kinzua Sky Walk
in Mt. Jewett, Pennsylvania
September 16, 2013
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In the language of the Seneca-Iroquois, “Kinzua” is written as, Tgenhjowa (tgenh-joh-wawh!), which translates as “fish on a spear”.

Kinzua Bridge State Park sign
Kinzua Bridge State Park -state park of the year

history bookThe Kinzua Viaduct, when first constructed in May 1882, was the highest and longest viaduct in the world, measuring 301 feet high and 2,053 feet long. The need to transport coal, oil and lumber across the Kinzua Gorge inspired General Thomas Kane, president of the New York, Lake Erie and Western Coal Company and Octave Chanute, Chief Engineer for the Erie Railroad to design a colossal viaduct.

In 1900, the viaduct was rebuilt of steel to accommodate larger loads and the weight of modern train traffic In 1963, Gov. William Scranton signed legislation that provided for the acquisition of the viaduct and adjacent lands to become a state park. The Kinzua Bridge State Park opened in 1970. In 1977, the Kinzua Viaduct was placed on the National Register of Historic Landmarks by the Federal Department of Interior.

The bridge stood for 121 years before it partially collapsed under the powerful winds of a tornado in 2003.

In 2009, work started to reinvent the remaining towers of the historic viaduct as a pedestrian walkway. That plan was changed.

Today the Viaduct, has been reinvented as the Kinzua Sky Walk a spectacular walkway that once again allows the public to “Walk the Tracks Across the Sky.” A partial glass-bottomed observation deck enables visitors to look down at the remaining towers supporting the historic structure.

The Kinzua Viaduct was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977, and the National Register of Historic Civil Engineering Landmarks in 1982.

sign about the Kinzua viaduct
entrance to the Kinzua Bridge
entrance to the Kinzua Bridge
entrance to the Kinzua Bridge
the Kinzua Bridge
Karen Duquette on the Kinzua Bridge
the Kinzua Bridge
the side of the Kinzua Bridge and ruins

A partial glass-bottomed observation deck enables visitors to look down at the remaining towers supporting the historic structure.

the see-through glass
the see-through glass

Looking through the glass floor of the Kinzua bridge to 301 feet down

Looking through the glass floor of the Kinzua bridge to 301 feet down
Looking through the glass floor of the Kinzua bridge to 301 feet down

The ruins of the Kinzua Bridge

The ruins of the Kinzua Bridge
The ruins of the Kinzua Bridge
 
looking down from the bridge
looking down from the bridge
Kinzua Bridge Skywalk
looking down through the railroad ties

The Kinzua Bridge as seen from a nearby lookout

The Kinzua Bridge?as seen from a nearby lookout
The Kinzua Bridge?as seen from a nearby lookout
 
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in the U.S.A. state of Pennsylvania
September 16-17, 2013

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Kinzua Sky Walk in Mt. Jewett

Oddities in Pennsylvania

Erie KOA campground in McKean

Kinzua East KOA in Bradford

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go to the next adventure of the two RV GypsiesAFTER you have visited all four (4) sites above, please continue on to the adventures of the two RV Gypsies as they explored gigantic rock formations at Rock City Park in Olean, New York. This is the advertised as the World's Largest exposure of Quartz Conglomerates.