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Talcott in Summers County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
 

Big Bend Tunnel

 
 
Big Bend Tunnel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 5, 2012
1. Big Bend Tunnel Marker
Inscription.  The great tunnel of the C & O Railroad was started at Big Bend in 1870 and completed three years later. It is more than a mile long, and now has a twin tunnel. Tradition makes this the scene of the steel drivers' ballad, “John Henry.”
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansArts, Letters, MusicIndustry & CommerceRailroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the West Virginia Archives and History series list.
 
Location. 37° 38.934′ N, 80° 46.05′ W. Marker is in Talcott, West Virginia, in Summers County. Marker is on West Virginia Route 3. Marker is 1.2 miles west of Talcott on WV 3. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Talcott WV 24981, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Here Stood a Statue of John Henry (here, next to this marker); Why The Tunnel Was Built (here, next to this marker); The Legend Of John Henry (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Concrete & Cut Stone Foundation (about 300 feet away); John Henry
Big Bend Tunnel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Doda, May 20, 2018
2. Big Bend Tunnel Marker
Correction to the marker?
(about 300 feet away); Great Bend Tunnel Construction (about 300 feet away); John Henry In Fiction (about 300 feet away); Tunnel Construction Technology Improves (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Talcott.
 
Regarding Big Bend Tunnel. John Henry statue is in a park near the entrance of the Big Bend tunnel. The park is .85 miles from the intersection of Barger Springs road and WV 3. To go to the park, go west along the railroad tracks to the entrance of the tunnel. The GPS Coordinates for the statue are 37.6495N 80.7667W
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. This link is to the marker for Columbus and Western Railroad tunnel that also claims the legend of John Henry.
 
John Henry Statue image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 5, 2012
3. John Henry Statue
Big Bend Tunnel image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 5, 2012
4. Big Bend Tunnel
Big Bend Tunnel image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 5, 2012
5. Big Bend Tunnel
John Henry Station image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 5, 2012
6. John Henry Station
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 23, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 6, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 594 times since then and 19 times this year. Last updated on January 23, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. Photos:   1. submitted on September 6, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland.   2. submitted on November 6, 2020, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio.   3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 6, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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