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Eighth Wonder of the World
Did you know that after its original construction in 1882, the Kinzua Viaduct was billed as the eighth wonder of the world? It 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 to design a colossal viaduct. In 1977, the Kinzua Viaduct was placed on the National Register of Historic Landmarks. The bridge stood for 121 years before it partially collapsed under the powerful winds of a tornado in 2003.
Today, the Viaduct has been reinvented as the Kinzua Skywalk - a spectacular walkway with a partial glass-bottomed observation deck enables visitors to look down at the remaining towers supporting the historic structure. An awesome way to view the changing colors of fall. The Skywalk is located in the Kinzua Bridge State Park. The park is accessible via the Kinzua Bridge Scenic Byway (SR 3011) which is a designated shared use hike/bike corridor, connecting Pennsylvania Route 6, just east of the village of Mount Jewett, to the Kinzua Bridge State Park.
Plan your fall foliage trip to the Kinzua Skywalk and book your stay at a nearby Bed and Breakfast.