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Alpine Tunnel

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Rock cut from above

Photo taken by James Baughn in June 2007

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Description 

Once the highest railroad tunnel in the world, at an altitude of 11,523 feet, it was the first tunnel to be built through the Continental Divide.

See also: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alpine_Tunnel, https://www.uncovercolorado.com/alpine-tunnel-west-portal-pi..., https://www.legendsofamerica.com/co-alpinetunnel/

The book "Historic Alpine Tunnel" is on line at https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/002017308

Facts 

Overview
Abandoned tunnel under the Continental Divide on the Denver, South Park & Pacific Railroad, southwest of St. Elmo
Location
Gunnison County, Colorado, and Chaffee County, Colorado
Status
Abandoned and partially caved-in
History
Built 1880-82 by the Denver, South Park & Pacific Railroad; collapsed and abandoned in 1910
Railroads
- Colorado & Southern Railroad (CS)
- Denver, South Park & Pacific Railroad (DSP&P)
Design
Tunnel
Dimensions
Total length: 1,800.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.64796, -106.40684   (decimal degrees)
38°38'53" N, 106°24'25" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
13/377574/4278649 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Cumberland Pass
Elevation
11523 ft. above sea level
Inventory numbers
NRHP 80004632 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 11776 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 21, 2020: New photos from Glenn Celerier
  • November 3, 2008: New photos from James Baughn

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Comments 

Alpine Tunnel
Posted January 5, 2009, by Wes Kinsler (wkinsler [at] wkinsler [dot] com)

There was a book published on this, called Apline Tunnel. I used to have a copy. I will try to find more info and post.