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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