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BO - Board Tree Tunnel


Photocopy Of Photograph 1977, Baltimore & Ohio Railroad And Its Branches From The Lakes To The Sea, Baltimore, 1872. South Portal Of Tunnel

This tunnel was a companion to the Kingwood Tunnel. See "Kingwood Tunnel" Preston County, West Virginia.

Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #119193

Board Tree Tunnel 

Written by Dan Clement, HAER, 1984

The Board Tree Tunnel is one of the first major railroad tunnels in the United States. The tunnel along with the original B&O line from Baltimore to Wheeling is a tribute to these three important 19th Century engineers: Benjamin Latrobe, Wendell Bollman, and Albert Fink. Of note is iron arching found in the the tunnel. No date is given for its placement, but another tunnel on the same line (Kingwood Tunnel, HAER WV-16) used the same type of prefabricated segmental iron arch in its construction during 1849-57.


Tunnel on Former B&O Railroad in Littleton
Littleton, Marshall County, West Virginia
- Baltimore & Ohio Railroad (BO)
Total length: 2,350.0 ft. (0.4 mi.)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.72881, -80.52653   (decimal degrees)
39°43'44" N, 80°31'35" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/540575/4397765 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 37013 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 24, 2012: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Added category "Railroad"
  • August 1, 2008: Essay added by J.R. Manning


  • J.R. Manning - thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
  • HAER WV-37 - Board Tree Tunnel, Littleton vicinity, Marshall County, WV