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Little Switzerland Tunnel

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Photo taken by Royce and Bobette Haley in October 2015

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BH Photo #346720

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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
    Mitchell County, North Carolina
    Status
    Open to traffic
    History
    Built ca. 1930
    Builder
    - Civilian Conservation Corps
    Design
    Tunnel
    Dimensions
    Total length: 547.0 ft.
    Vertical clearance above deck: 14.4 ft.
    Approximate latitude, longitude
    +35.85164, -82.08592   (decimal degrees)
    35°51'06" N, 82°05'09" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
    Approximate UTM coordinates
    17/401944/3968037 (zone/easting/northing)
    Quadrangle map:
    Little Switzerland
    Inventory number
    BH 69880 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

    Update Log 

    • January 21, 2016: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
    • November 17, 2015: Added by Royce and Bobette Haley

    Sources 

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