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Near Valdez in Valdez Cordova Borough, Alaska — The American West (Northwest)
 

Old Railroad Tunnel

 
 
Old Railroad Tunnel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 24, 2010
1. Old Railroad Tunnel Marker
Inscription. “The Iron Trail” by Rex Beach describes these events and this area.

This tunnel was hand cut into the solid rock of Keystone Canyon and is all that is left of the “railroad era” when nine companies fought to take advantage of the short route from the coast to the Copper Country. However a feud interrupted progress. A gun battle was fought and the tunnel was never finished.
 
Location. 61° 5.052′ N, 145° 53.593′ W. Marker is near Valdez, Alaska, in Valdez Cordova Borough. Marker is on Richardson Highway (Alaska Route 4 at milepost 15). Touch for map. The Richardson Highway mile posts were established before the 1964 Good Friday earthquake destroyed the town of Valdez. 'Old' Valdez was abandoned and 'New' Valdez was established four miles further down the road, thus the mile post for 'New' Valdez is -4 miles. Marker is in this post office area: Valdez AK 99686, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Horse and Sled Trail (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Goat Trail (approx. one mile away).
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
The Old Railroad Tunnel image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 24, 2010
2. The Old Railroad Tunnel
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 18, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 752 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 18, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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