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Near Montrose in Montrose County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Light at the End of the Tunnel

 
 
Light at the End of the Tunnel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, May 30, 2018
1. Light at the End of the Tunnel Marker
Inscription.  Surveyors took daily measurements to ensure that drillers, powdermen, muckers, and haulers stayed on course inching their way toward the valley. Crews at the other end plowed toward the canyon. Using points across the river, as well as in the tunnel, a straight line was maintained 10,000 feet into the canyon wall.

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Utility lines going into the tunnel provided power for electric lights, and compressed air for the jack hammers. Although these recent innovations made the effort easier, the work was loud, dusty, and demanding.

Surveyors hiked up the slopes of the canyon using measuring tools to maintain straight lines that would determine where excavation should start at each end of the tunnel.
 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 38° 31.564′ N, 107° 38.955′ W. Marker is near Montrose, Colorado, in Montrose County. Marker can be reached from East Portal Road. Marker is located in the East Portal Campground in the Black Canyon of the
Light at the End of the Tunnel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, May 30, 2018
2. Light at the End of the Tunnel Marker
Marker is on the right.
Gunnison National Park and road is subject to winter closing from November to April. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Montrose CO 81401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Building a Dam (a few steps from this marker); Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park (approx. 2.6 miles away); Early Exploration (approx. 5.2 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. East Portal & the Gunnison Tunnel. (Submitted on July 16, 2018, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.)
2. Gunnison Tunnel Colorado. (Submitted on July 16, 2018, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.)
 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsMan-Made Features
 
Gunnison Tunnel Map image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse
3. Gunnison Tunnel Map
Gunnison Diversion Tunnel and Dam image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, May 30, 2018
4. Gunnison Diversion Tunnel and Dam
Gunnison Diversion Tunnel and Dam image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, May 30, 2018
5. Gunnison Diversion Tunnel and Dam
Gunnison Diversion Tunnel and Dam image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, May 30, 2018
6. Gunnison Diversion Tunnel and Dam
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on July 18, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 16, 2018, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 44 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 16, 2018, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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