Altoona is a city in Blair County, Pennsylvania, United States. It had a little over 46,000 residents according to the 2010 census.
The city is home to the Altoona Curve baseball team of the AA Eastern League, which is the affiliate of the Major League Baseball team Pittsburgh Pirates. The 90-year-old Altoona Symphony Orchestra, has been calling Altoona home since 1928. Prominent landmarks include the Horseshoe Curve, the Railroaders Memorial Museum, the Juniata Shops of the Altoona Works, the Mishler Theatre, the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, and the Jaffa Shrine Center.
Altoona was a railroad town. A part of the infamous Pennsylvania Road system. In 1862, Altoona was home to the War Governors’ Conference which brought together 13 governors of Union states. This body gave early approval to the Emancipation Proclamation
Altoona is one of the dual seats of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona–Johnstown. The Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament was made a cathedral and rechristened from St. John’s Church in 1851.
The Altoona Mirror newspaper, founded in 1876 by Harry Slep, is Altoona’s oldest media outlet.
Altoona is home to the world’s oldest wooden roller coaster, the Leap-The-Dips, located in Lakemont Park.
The monthly daily average temperature ranges from 23.8 °F in January to 70.8 °F in Jully, although extremes in temperature have ranged from −29 °F in 1904 to 103 °F in 2011. Unofficial readings in the town below -30 in the cold snap of January 1977 were recorded, but the official low on that night was “only” -20. Total precipitation is greatest in May and least in February. Snowfall averages 60.6 inches per season.
The top field of employment in Altoona and the metro area is healthcare.
About Blair County Airport
The Blair County Airport is located 14 miles South of Altoona in Martinsburg. Highlights incl.:
- Southern Airways Express tickets from $29 each way on non-stop flights to both Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) and Baltimore Washington International (BWI)
- Free Parking – no more costly big city parking or driving expenses
- Connections to all major airlines and low-cost carriers with over 500 daily departures to over 100 domestic and international destinations