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Backbone Rock

Photos 

Backboneridge

Photo taken by Bob Lawrence in December 2008

BH Photo #219410

Map 

Street View 

Description 

Cut to allow a railroad to carry timber from Shady Valley TN to Damascus VA. Used by the Park Service after that, then the rails were taken up and the bed became a highway.

Facts 

Overview
Tunnel under Backbone Rock on TN 133 between Damascus VA and Shady Valley TN, Tennessee
Location
Johnson County, Tennessee
Status
Open to traffic
History
Cut in 1901, taken over by Park Service.
Railroads
- Empire Mining Co.
- Rail-to-road
Design
Tunnel
Dimensions
Total length: 20.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.59419, -81.81514   (decimal degrees)
36°35'39" N, 81°48'54" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/427087/4050165 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Laurel Bloomery
Inventory numbers
TN 46SR1330013 (Tennessee bridge number)
BH 47494 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Average daily traffic (as of 2008)
390

Update Log 

  • May 13, 2015: New photos from Calvin Sneed
  • August 15, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "Railroad", "Natural Landform", "Rail-to-road"
  • November 4, 2011: Updated by Bob Lawrence: added more information
  • January 2, 2011: Added by J.P.

Sources 

  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Bob Lawrence
  • Luke
  • Calvin Sneed - us43137415 [at] yahoo [dot] com