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Tanbark Ridge Tunnel

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Photo taken by Royce and Bobette Haley in October 2015

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BH Photo #347871

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Description 

Most of the work on the tunnel digging was done by hand and provided by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s.[3] Little machinery was used with the intention of creating manual labor in depressed economic times. They did have for tunneling truck-mounted water-cooled compressed air drills called "Jumbos." After the initial holes were drilled into the substrata, dynamite was used for blasting away the rock.-Wikipedia

Facts 

Overview
Tunnel under Mountain on Blue Ridge Parkway
Location
Buncombe County, North Carolina
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built ca.1930
Builder
- Civilian Conservation Corps
Design
Tunnel
Dimensions
Total length: 746.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.66368, -82.46124   (decimal degrees)
35°39'49" N, 82°27'40" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/367740/3947630 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 69887 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 1, 2016: New photo from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • November 17, 2015: Added by Royce and Bobette Haley

Sources 

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