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Tunnel Hill in Whitfield County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

The Excavation

 
 
The Excavation Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 6, 2009
1. The Excavation Marker
Inscription.  [Left Side of Marker]
The Excavation
of the west end was
begun early July 15, 1848.
& the first opening
effected Oct. 31, 1849
The first train
of cars passed through
May 9, 1850
Length of excavation
in this end 575 feet
& of the tunnel
1477 feet.


[Right Side of Marker]
His Excellency
George W. Towns
Governor
Wm. L. Mitchell Esq.
Chief Engineer
Mr. Benj. C. Norse
Principal Assistant Engineer
Mr. B. E. Wells
Assistant Engineer
Jno D. Gray & Co.
Contractors

 
Location. 34° 50.345′ N, 85° 2.13′ W. Marker is in Tunnel Hill, Georgia, in Whitfield County. Marker is on Clisby Austin Drive 0.4 miles east of Oak Street. This historical marker is located above the west end of the Railroad tunnel excavated through Chetoogeta Mountain. To get to this marker travel approximately 0.4 miles east on Clisby Austin Drive from it's intersection with Oak Street and where the road veers right at the base of the mountain
The Excavation Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 6, 2009
2. The Excavation Marker
View of the historical marker above the west end of the railroad tunnel.
there is a parking lot for those wishing to view this historic railroad tunnel. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Tunnel Hill GA 30755, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Tunnel Hill (approx. 0.4 miles away); Clisby Austin House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Western & Atlantic Railroad Tunnel (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Tunnel Hill (approx. 0.4 miles away); Baggage Carts (approx. 0.4 miles away); Tunnel Hill W&A Railroad Depot (approx. 0.4 miles away); Crow Valley (approx. 2.2 miles away); Stevenson's Line (approx. 2.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tunnel Hill.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 16, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 908 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 16, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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