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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: Arts, Letters, MusicMan-Made FeaturesRailroads & 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 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort Greenbrier (approx. 2 miles away); Civil War Camp (approx. 5.6 miles away); Wreck on the C&O (approx. 6 miles away); Fort Culbertson (approx. 6.2 miles away); Hinton (approx.
John Henry Statue image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 5, 2012
2. John Henry Statue
7 miles away); Greenbrier County / Summers County (approx. 8.1 miles away); Cook's Fort (approx. 8.2 miles away); Reformatory for Women (approx. 8.3 miles away).
 
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 WV3. 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.
 
Big Bend Tunnel image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 5, 2012
3. Big Bend Tunnel
Big Bend Tunnel image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 5, 2012
4. Big Bend Tunnel
John Henry Station image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 5, 2012
5. John Henry Station
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 9, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 6, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 553 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 6, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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