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Upper Shockoe Valley in Richmond, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Church Hill Tunnel

 
 
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By Bernard Fisher, April 25, 2012
1. Church Hill Tunnel Marker
Inscription.  About 200 feet east is the western portal of the Church Hill Tunnel. On 11 Dec. 1873, Chesapeake and Ohio locomotive number 2 passed through the tunnel, marking the completion of one of the longest tunnels in the United States. The tunnel was being repaired on 2 Oct. 1925, when Chesapeake and Ohio locomotive number 231 entered the tunnel heading west, pulling ten flat cars. The train was near the western portal when suddenly 190 feet of the tunnel collapsed, trapping and killing railroad workers, some of whom remain entombed in the tunnel along with the train.
 
Erected 2011 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number SA-90.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesDisastersRailroads & Streetcars.
 
Location. 37° 32.202′ N, 77° 25.434′ W. Marker is in Upper Shockoe Valley in Richmond, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of North 18th Street (U.S. 360) and East Marshall Street, on the right when traveling north on
Church Hill Tunnel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, April 25, 2012
2. Church Hill Tunnel Marker
Old rail bed and tunnel in the background.
North 18th Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 423 N 18th St, Richmond VA 23223, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Branch Public Baths (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Trinity Methodist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Craig House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Richmond’s African Burial Ground (approx. 0.2 miles away); Execution of Gabriel (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old Negro Burial Ground (approx. ¼ mile away); Lumpkin's Jail (approx. ¼ mile away); Francis Asbury (approx. ¼ mile away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Richmond's Buried Train - The Death and Possible Resurrection of Church Hill Tunnel's Locomotive 2. Virginia Historical Society (Submitted on April 25, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

2. Church Hill Tunnel. Wikipedia (Submitted on April 25, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

3. Church Hill Tunnel, Richmond, VA. Frederic Delaitre's Railway Pages (Submitted on April 25, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Church Hill Tunnel - West Portal image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, April 25, 2012
3. Church Hill Tunnel - West Portal
Church Hill Tunnel image. Click for full size.
By Harris H. Stilson
4. Church Hill Tunnel
VCU Libraries Digital Collections - Rarely Seen Richmond
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 25, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,528 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 25, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   4. submitted on May 10, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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