GAP Trail History Website

The Great Allegheny Passage along the Youghiogheny River
in Ohiopyle State Park – September 2020

The Regional Trail Corporation commissioned me as a contributing writer for an interactive website detailing the story of the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP), an award-winning hiking and biking trail that connects Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Cumberland, Maryland. The GAP was formed over a 40-year period from a series of interconnected trail segments built and managed by individual non-profit organizations. The pioneering rail-trail primarily repurposed former rights-of-way of two historic railroad lines in Western Pennsylvania and Maryland: the Western Maryland Railway and the Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad.

My pieces for “Building The GAP: Our Story” covered:

I also reviewed/edited or contributed to some of the biographies and supplementary stories for the Somerset County segment: Brett Hollern, Dave Mankamyer, Hank Parke, Rolland “Rhody” Rhodomoyer, Lincoln Van Sickel, Bollman Bridge, Salisbury Viaduct, Keystone Viaduct, Pinkerton Tunnel and Big Savage Tunnel.

One of my accomplishments in 2020 was to bike the entire 150 miles of the Great Allegheny Passage in several sections. You can find my reports on each section on Instagram.

The Big Savage Tunnel in Somerset County, Pennsylvania – August 2020