Places to Visit: CL&N Tunnel

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:

CL&N Tunnel – Architecture Cincinnati

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.

CL&N Tunnel?
Possible location for the CL&N tunnel


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  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”

GC3C2H7 Cache Cache at an Old Iron Bridge With a Cool View

Well that title is a mouthful!  Since yesterday (August 18th) was the second International Geocaching Day, I decided to celebrate by picking up a couple of geocaches.   This cache had been on my radar for a while, both because it sounded interesting AND because it was the last place that the Unite for Diabetes Travel Bug I deployed was seen.  Who knows what happened to that little guy.   From looking through the cache logs, someone must have taken it and never logged it.

In any case, I headed out on the bike for a bit of an adventure.   You can check out the geocache listing for this one here.  Turns out, this is another one of those cool places I probably wouldn’t have seen if it weren’t for geocaching.   This particular bridge used to carry SR123 traffic across a rail line.   At some point, the line was abandoned and when SR123 was redone, they removed some of the track and filled in the gully.   The bridge however, was left.  Since they are still maintaining the bridge, I’m guessing it’s for historical reasons.   If you stand on the bridge and look away from the current road, you can see railroad ties and remains of track down in the gully.  I tried to head down for a closer look, but the gully is fenced off, and I didn’t want to trespass.   I hope to do some research though and find out more about the old rail line.

Here’s some pictures:

Update – I guess I’m going to have to try harder on research on this bridge.  The “OZEU 07 -10” stenciled on the bridge refers to a type of bridge paint, presumably applied in July 2010.