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CIND - Creekside Drive Tunnel


Happy Hollow Road Tunnel

You drive down a county road, go around a left turn and into the creek and then the 'cave'. Yeah right!!

Photo taken by Ed Hollowell in January 2010


BH Photo #155613

Street Views 


The Happy Hollow Tunnel, Bonnell, Indiana

Short Video on Happy Hollow Tunnel and low water crossing.

History in Your Own Backyard

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Tunnel under ex Big 4 Railroad on former Happy Hollow Rd
Bonnell, Dearborn County, Indiana
Open to traffic
Built 1904
- Moore-Mansfield Construction of Indianapolis, Indiana
- Central Railroad of Indiana (CIND)
- Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago & St. Louis Railway (CCC&StL; Big Four)
- Conrail (CR)
- New York Central Railroad (NYC)
- Penn Central Railroad (PC)
Concrete culvert
Total length: 120.0 ft.
Also called
Happy Hollow
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.18007, -84.98654   (decimal degrees)
39°10'48" N, 84°59'12" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/673913/4338690 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
655 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 44181 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 16, 2021: Updated by Luke: Removed erroneous railroad category; Replaced with correct one
  • February 15, 2021: Updated by Ed Hollowell: Alternate name, railroad
  • September 20, 2018: New photos from Carl Crasher
  • September 26, 2017: Updated by Ed Hollowell: Change in road name
  • July 26, 2017: New Street View added by J.P.
  • March 13, 2010: Updated by Ed Hollowell: Corrected type to tunnel.
  • February 19, 2010: Added by Ed Hollowell


  • Ed Hollowell - erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Luke


CIND - Creekside Drive Tunnel
Posted August 10, 2021, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

Visited site recently. It appears that there was some flooding on the east side and the road was washed out badly. It looks a little different than it did the last time I was there, I think due to flooding.

CIND - Creekside Drive Tunnel
Posted September 21, 2018, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

Looks like they added a culvert pipe and raised the low water crossing sometime in the last 8 years. Maybe that is why they changed the road name.

CIND - Creekside Drive Tunnel
Posted September 20, 2018, by Jeff Wieland (jjwieland [at] gmail [dot] com)

It's an interesting virtual drive to the "real" crossing.

CIND - Creekside Drive Tunnel
Posted September 20, 2018, by Carl Crasher

If you continue on this road to the north west it will cross a set of tracks that makes a steep and somewhat washed out portion north side. That is doable but it will bring you back to Tanner's Creek on a true Creek crossing. I turned around. A truck or some awd vehicles with ground clearance are advised.

Happy Hollow Rd Tunnel
Posted August 23, 2018, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

It appears the road has had it's name changed to Creekside Drive. When I posted this it was shown on most maps as "Happy Hollow Road".