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Barnesville in Belmont County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

B&O Railroad Tunnel

 
 
B&O Railroad Tunnel Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 22, 2009
1. B&O Railroad Tunnel Marker
Inscription. You are standing over a 423 foot man-made sandstone tunnel built by the railroad between 1864 and 1870. Located on the Pittsburgh-Columbus main line, up to 37 trains a day passed under East Main Street during the railroad’s heyday.

The station, rail, tunnel, and grounds were purchased by the community in 1991 after the line was abandoned. They are on the National Register of Historic Places.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (B&O) marker series.
 
Location. 39° 59.244′ N, 81° 10.536′ W. Marker is in Barnesville, Ohio, in Belmont County. Marker is at the intersection of East Main Street (Ohio Route 147) and Arch Street, on the left when traveling west on East Main Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Barnesville OH 43713, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Barnesville Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); September 11, 2001 (within shouting distance of this marker); Barnesville War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); The Village Bell (within shouting distance of this marker); VFW Post 2792 Veterans Memorial
B&O Railroad Tunnel Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 22, 2009
2. B&O Railroad Tunnel Marker
The western mouth of the tunnel is directly beneath the marker.
(about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Roby Cigar Museum (approx. 0.2 miles away); Governor Wilson Shannon 1802-1877 / Barnesville’s Shannon Family (approx. 0.4 miles away); Watt Car and Wheel Company (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Barnesville.
 
Regarding B&O Railroad Tunnel. Main and Arch streets cross over the tunnel. Two small triangular plazas at opposite ends of the intersection end at the tunnel entrances and you can look down over either railing down to the former railbed below. The old B&O right-of-way through town is now a bicycle and walking trail.
 
Also see . . .  200 years of Barnesville. 2008 article by Anne Chlovechok in The Daily Jeffersonian. “In 1870 the railroad tunnel was completed, and in 1872 the first fire department was organized. The year 1874 saw the construction of an artificial gas works, and gas lights were first lit that year on Christmas night. In 1875, 4,000 bushels of strawberries and 2,000 bushels of raspberries were shipped from the town. City Hall was built in 1876 with a huge public auditorium on the second floor. In 1878, the Davis
B&O Railroad Tunnel image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 22, 2009
3. B&O Railroad Tunnel
The eastern mouth of the tunnel is below the fence in the distance.
and Starbuck Planing Mill exploded, killing four people. In 1880, strawberry production was in full swing, and berries were being shipped by rail to Chicago. The industry employed around 1,500 pickers, who earned a little over 1 cent per quart picked.” (Submitted on July 23, 2009.) 
 
B&O Railroad Tunnel, This View is Westward image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 22, 2009
4. B&O Railroad Tunnel, This View is Westward
The Barnesville passenger station is a few hundred feet behind the photographer.
B&O Railroad Tunnel, This View is Eastward image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 22, 2009
5. B&O Railroad Tunnel, This View is Eastward
The Barnesville railroad station is just beyond the tunnel. The marker is right above this tunnel entrance at street level.
Barnesville Station Just Beyond the Tunnel image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 22, 2009
6. Barnesville Station Just Beyond the Tunnel
Trackside, Barnesville Station image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 22, 2009
7. Trackside, Barnesville Station
Barnesville B&O Station image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 22, 2009
8. Barnesville B&O Station
This is the view from up on Mulberry Street. The driveway parallels Mulberry Street, climbing steeply to the right to Arch Street. There is a stairway directly in front of the station up to Mulberry Street.
Barnesville B&O Station image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 22, 2009
9. Barnesville B&O Station
This view is from the top of the driveway at the intersection of Arch and Mulberry Streets.
 
 
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