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Kennedy Tunnel

 
 
Kennedy Tunnel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, February 3, 2014
1. Kennedy Tunnel Marker
Inscription. Opened in 1903, the timber-lined Kennedy Tunnel was the fast route between Oakland and Lafayette, saving four hours of driving around the San Pablo Reservoir. In 1914, it was wired for lights and renamed the Broadway Tunnel. In 1937, after the completion of the Caldecott Tunnel, the Kennedy Tunnel was closed to motor cars, allowing only foot, horses and two-wheeled traffic. In 1947, the timber lined tunnel was permanently closed due to repeated cave-ins and rising maintenance costs. It finally succumbed to nature in the late 1960’s and the median at the intersection of Old Tunnel Rd. and Skyline Dr. is the only remnant existing today.

The median still holds the original dedication plaque and flagpole.
 
Erected 2010 by E Clampus Vitus, Joaquin Murrieta Chapter No. 13.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 37° 51.363′ N, 122° 12.836′ W. Marker is in Oakland, California, in Alameda County. Marker is on Syline Boulevard, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5770 Skyline Boulevard, Oakland CA 94611, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the
Kennedy Tunnel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, February 3, 2014
2. Kennedy Tunnel Marker
A dedication plaque is on the right.
crow flies. John Muir School (approx. 1.7 miles away); Claremont Court Gate and Street Markers (approx. 1.7 miles away); Claremont Public Improvements (approx. 1.9 miles away); The Kelsey Ranch (approx. 2 miles away); Panoramic Hill (approx. 2.1 miles away); Orchard Lane (approx. 2.1 miles away); Strand (Elmwood) Theater (approx. 2.1 miles away); In Memory of Col. John Coffee Hays (approx. 2.2 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Kennedy Tunnel - Oakland Wiki. The Kennedy (aka ‘Inter-County’ or ‘Broadway’) Tunnel (1903–c. 1940) was a single-bore tunnel connecting Oakland with Contra Costa County. Begun in 1870 by Chinese laborers using pick and shovel, the tunnel opened in 1903. Its purpose was twofold: to provide a safer alternative to the dangerously steep roads over the Oakland-Berkeley Hills, and to encourage Contra Costa residents to come shop in Oakland. (Submitted on February 15, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
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Kennedy Tunnel Dedication Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, February 3, 2014
3. Kennedy Tunnel Dedication Plaque
Inter County Tunnel
built by
Alameda County
Contra Costa County
and
Merchants Exchange
Oakland, Calif.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 375 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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