Park Rambles - Indiana County Parks & Trails

Near Heshbon

In 1904 the Ebensburg & Blacklick Railroad extended its rail line from Dilltown to Blacklick Station. Two different construction companies worked the line from each end to speed up the construction. The large rock formations that you see here, near Heshbon, were blasted out of the hillside by the railroad construction crew. The rail ine was used primarily to haul coal and coke to the steel mills near Lackawanna, NY. Some passenger service also ran on the line to connect with the Buffalo, Rochester and Pittsburgh Railroad at Blacklick Station junction.