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Bow Ridge Canal Tunnel

Photos 

Photo taken by Greg Hall

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BH Photo #148779

Map 

Description 

Pennsylvania canal Society website states that tunnel was the third tunnel built in the USA. The Western Division of the canal system this tunnel served was removed from service in 1852. Tunnel was sealed in 1952 to aid with flood control and prevent water from short circuiting the dam.

Facts 

Overview
Tunnel
Location
Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, and Indiana County, Pennsylvania
Status
Closed to all traffic
Builders
- Alonzo Livermore
- Pennsylvania Main Line Canal
Design
Tunnel
Dimensions
Total length: 817.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.46270, -79.36480   (decimal degrees)
40°27'46" N, 79°21'53" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/638636/4480398 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Blairsville
Elevation
956 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 43087 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 21, 2010: Updated by Greg Hall: Added build date, length, and end use date
  • July 30, 2009: Added by Greg Hall

Sources 

  • Greg Hall - cyclebay [at] aol [dot] com

Comments 

Bow Ridge Canal Tunnel
Posted July 30, 2009, by Greg Hall (cyclebay [at] aol [dot] com)

Canal system was operational between 1830-1864, but don't know the build date.

Photo 1- canal blueprint

Photo 2- tunnel in hillside

Photo 3- relationship of tunnel to aqueduct

Photo 4- story regarding the unique relationship of a tunnel and aqueduct being so close together

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