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Abandoned Pennsylvania Turnpike Tunnel-Quemahoning S Penn RR

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Uploaded on Apr 16, 2008

Also Check Out www.stuffthatsgone.com Ok Pennsylvania Turnpike Geeks--most of us know that there were actually 9 tunnels on the original Pennsylvania Turnpike plan in the late 1930s. Two were abandoned, due in part to the unstable condition, and the short distance to simply excavate the mountain. Negro Hill tunnel was to be located just north of where the Allegheny Mt tunnel is. The one you are seeing is the Quemahoning. Located at Mile post 106.5 West of Somerset exit, you can see the tunnel and the wooden supports that were used in the late 1800's when the south penn railroad was being constructed, also known as "Vanderbilt's Folly". This is one of the 9 Tunnels that were to be part of the South Penn Railroad to Pittsburgh. There are several remnants of the railroad bed near Somerset, as the turnpike did not follow the route exactly through here. I haven't gotten the nerve to get closer and shine a light in the tunnel, so sit back and enjoy!!!
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