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Burro Schmidt Tunnel

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South Entrance

Photo taken by Kurtis2014

License: Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike (CC BY-SA)

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Description 

This tunnel was dug by hand by Schmidt from 1902-1938. It is listed on the NRHP. Approximately six feet tall and ten feet wide it travels 2640 feet through solid granite

Facts 

Overview
Tunnel under El Paso Mountains on pedestrian
Location
Kern County, California
Status
Open to pedestrians only
History
started in 1900 finished in 1938 dug completely by William Schmidt
Builder
- William H. Schmidt of Woonsocket, Rhode Island
Design
Tunnel
Dimensions
Total length: 2,640.0 ft. (0.5 mi.)
Deck width: 10.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 6.0 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.41040, -117.87604   (decimal degrees)
35°24'37" N, 117°52'34" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
11/420460/3918909 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory numbers
NRHP 03000113 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 62869 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 28, 2015: New photo from Luke
  • September 4, 2014: Added by Royce and Bobette Haley

Sources 

  • Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Luke