Walhalla in Oconee County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
The unfinished railroad tunnel cut into the SE face of Stumphouse Mtn. is the largest of three begun before the Civil War by the Blue Ridge Rail Road, for a line from Anderson, S.C., to Knoxville, Tenn. Work began in late 1853. About 1,500 Irish miners, who lived in the Tunnel Hill village atop the mountain, cut through blue granite with hand drills, hammers and chisels, and black powder. Four shafts meant miners could cut through ten rock faces at one time.
Erected 2010 by Oconee Forever
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Man-Made Features • Railroads & Streetcars. A significant historical year for this entry is 1853.
Location. 34° 48.621′ N, 83° 7.414′ W. Marker is in Walhalla, South Carolina, in Oconee County. Marker can be reached from Stumphouse Tunnel Road, half a mile east of Highlands Highway (South Carolina Highway 28). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Walhalla SC 29691, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Stumphouse Mountain Tunnel (within shouting distance of this marker); Issaqueena Falls (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Issaqueena Falls (approx. ¼ mile away); Andrew Pickens Ranger District / Oconee County (approx. ¼ mile away); South Carolina National Heritage Corridor (approx. ¼ mile away); Mountain Rest School / Hillbilly Day (approx. 2.3 miles away); Chauga Town (approx. 3.4 miles away); Oconee Town (approx. 3.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Walhalla.
Also see . . . Stumphouse Tunnel - Wikipedia. (Submitted on August 27, 2011, by Anna Inbody of Columbia, South Carolina.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 24, 2011, by Anna Inbody of Columbia, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,252 times since then and 65 times this year. Last updated on June 6, 2014, by Darrell Bruggeman of Whitmire, South Carolina. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 24, 2011, by Anna Inbody of Columbia, South Carolina. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.