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Huntingdon, Cambria & Indiana Turnpike


From the current road

Photo taken by eric johnson in March 2021


BH Photo #493032


The Huntingdon, Cambria, and Indiana Turnpike was a private enterprise, incorporated March 20,1810, to build a road across the Allegheny Mountains, from Huntingdon, PA to Blairsville, PA. The area was still complete wilderness at this time. The road remained in service, though taken over by the State at some point, until US Route 22 was built following much of the original alignment in this area. This bridge is on a very sharp hairpin curve in the road, which was bypassed in the new alignment. Bridge is visible from the highway.


Abandoned stone arch bridge over Unnamed tributary of Blair Run on Huntingdon, Cambria & Indiana Turnpike
Blair County, Pennsylvania
Built as part of the Huntindon, Cambria and Indiana Turnpike. The road was completed in 1819. Abandoned 1929 when US Rt 22 was built up the mountain.
Stone arch
Span length: 7.0 ft.
Total length: 7.0 ft.
Deck width: 20.5 ft.
Also called
Northern Turnpike
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.44926, -78.52905   (decimal degrees)
40°26'57" N, 78°31'45" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/709541/4480555 (zone/easting/northing)
1790 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 92416 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 17, 2021: Added by eric johnson


  • eric johnson


Huntingdon, Cambria & Indiana Turnpike
Posted July 27, 2021, by Tim Van Scoyoc (tvan [at] verizon [dot] net)

I was quite interested when I found these photos. I'm the volunteer editor of the Blair County Historical Society newsletter and working on an article for the upcoming issue on the 200th anniversary of the completion of the HCI Turnpike. I'd like to get permission to include one of these photos, but I have not found the contact information for Eric Johnson. If anyone can help me out with how to obtain permission, I'd appreciate it. We would of course acknowledge the source. Thanks.