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Altoona is one of the most populous cities of the Pennsylvania in United States. It is located in the Blair County with the population of 49,523, according to the census of 2000. The prime focus of the city had always been the railroad industry, and at present working against the recovery of industrial decline and urban decentralization.
The city has also been a home to the Altoona Curve baseball team of the Double A Eastern League, which is also a Double A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. The city is famous for the Altoona Symphony Orchestra, which is more than 75 years and definitely one of the main reasons to go out and visit the city.
Altoona offers many other great sights like the Horseshoe Curve, the Railroaders Memorial Museum, the great Mishler Theatre, the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, and the Jaffa Mosque. Altoona is also famous known for being headquarter of the chain named Sheetz. Sheetz is considered to be one of the largest convenience store and gas station chains in the entire country.
It has stores in many of the important cities like Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, and North Carolina. Because of this, many Sheetz stores are located in and around Altoona.
Altoona is called the major railroad town, as it was founded by the Pennsylvania Railroad in the year of 1849 as the site for a shop complex. Altoona was founded as a borough on February 6, 1854, and later it was declared as a city under the legislation approved on the 3rd of April, 1867, and February 8, 1868.
The town had seen a enormous growth in the late 19th century, with the population rise from 2,000 in 1854 to 20,000 in the year of 1880.The urgent need to have a fast paced locomotives had been a vital factor in the development of the city, during the Civil War.
The Horseshoe Curve, which is a famous curved section of track owned by the Pennsylvania Railroad, has been considered as a great National Historic Landmark and a great spot for the tourists. The Curve was actually developed to raise trains to a sufficient altitude to cross the Allegheny Ridge to the west, before the entry into the steel town of Pittsburgh and the rest of the western United States.
Due to the provision of the industrial link to the west of U.S., the Horseshoe Curve had been subjected to be a main target of eight Nazi saboteurs who had infiltrated the United States during World War II, in the year of 1942, by being dropped off by Kriegsmarine U-Boats.
The Downtown of Altoona is considered to be one of the most activities based cultural and commercial center of the region and it is stretched with the famous railroads. Most of the buildings and other places downtown area have been listed in the national registry of historic places.
These remarkable places include the Mishler Theatre, the Penn Alto building, the Jaffa Mosque, City Hall, the Gable's Building, the Cathedral, and the Eleventh Avenue. The Dutch Hill area is near the main school campus.
During the start of the 20th century, the Pennsylvania Railroad had constructed a large sports complex, right at the intersection of Chestnut Avenue and Seventh Street. It was named Cricket Field as to attract the British Cricket fans and investors.
The Altoona MSA has included all of Blair County and had an estimated population of 125,527 in 2007, according to the U.S. Census. The racial makeup of the city is comprised of 96.01% White, 2.49% African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.32% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.24% from other races, and 0.83% from two or more races. The Hispanic or Latino have a participation of only 0.74% in the total population of the city.