In my ongoing fascination with history and railroads, one that has caught my eye is the CL&N. Some of the features of the right of way are still in place, and one you may recall me mentioning is the CL&N Tunnel near downtown Cincinnati. Another remnant of the line is the bridge that crosses the I-71 corridor. Maybe when I get a chance to go check out the tunnel, I’ll check out the bridge on the way back north!
I have an ever growing list of places I want to visit and it includes places of interest for a number of reasons. Since I struggle with the best way to keep them organized and available for reference, I decided an entry in the Journal might be the way to do so. While this is a reference for me foremost, the secondary benefit is anyone following along may be interested in them as well. As the list develops, you can check out the Places to Visit category to see a listing of entries.
First on the list is an abandoned railroad tunnel in the I-71 corridor which has been referred to as the CL&N tunnel. I haven’t figured out exactly where it is yet, but reviewing my favorite maps, I believe it’s in the area of the old Bethesda base hospital. Here’s an interesting article with pictures where another urban explorer visited:
According to his article, the tunnel was constructed in 1881 and from the images it’s quite interested. I’m looking forward to checking it out.
Update – additional research after this initial post indicates that in fact, the above map does indicate the tunnel in question. Here’s a link to the wikipedia article on the railroad with much of the history indicated in the other articles about this tunnel.
Here’s another link with information from Cincinnati-Transit.net. This article indicates another underpass under McMillan street just south of the southern portal of identical construction.
And.. wouldn’t you know it.. there’s a geocache related to the CL&N line.. although it is further north…
This article describes more information about the history of the line and in particular some discussion of the tunnel in question and it’s construction. The article names it the “Deer Creek Tunnel”