It was a very cold morning on Saturday when I met Richard and Margie to travel up to Johnstown, PA for an urbexing forage. We weren't too sure on what we would find but the town looked interesting. The further north we drove the colder it got and soon we were seeing snow dusting the mountains and fields.
After, we went to The Inclined Plane, originally built to take workers up and down the hill to The Cambria Iron Company, but also took survivors and rescuers up and down during a later flood in 1936. It is now a tourist attraction, the world's steepest vehicular incline
Click for a video of the ride here. The staff were chatty and fun with the gift shop at the top providing welcome warmth. With the colored lights, the snow and the tree inside the small shop it felt very festive.
By the time we got back down to the bottom it was dark and cold, and most definitely time for beers.
We tried a few bars and were extremely lucky in Jenn driving us around, as she didn't drink. But we did. A lot.Well I did.
The rest of the evening became a bit of a blur, but suffice to say we all made it back to the hotel safely, polished off Richard's homemade sangria, and then awoke the next morning in desperate need of a cooked breakfast.
This was obtained at a diner called 'Our Son's'.
Founded in 1852, this was once the main manufacturer of the nation's barbed wire. It made rails for western railroads, plate, girders,
axles, and structural steel and operated as a model for the industry up
until the 1980s when the steel industry was hit by tough overseas
economic competition It closed in 1992 and there are plans to reopen it as a mixed use site, industrial, commercial and tourism.
The temperature was dropping fast as we walked around the grounds and we soon succumbed, hurrying to the warmth of the car. We drove around the city looking at the beautiful churches. We stopped at the Immaculate Conception Church, closed in 2009, and walked around the outside, wishing we could get in. We couldn't have timed it better. A guy walked out, he was organizing a 50th wedding celebration and very kindly allowed us inside to take photos. It was stunningly beautiful. Construction was completed in 1908 and it served the german residents of Cambria City. It underwent major renovations after a fire in 1983. After closing as a church, it reopened as Grand Halle in 2012 and is now used for special events.