Light at the End of the Tunnel

Taking a break this week from local history remnants, here’s a photo of an old railroad tunnel in the beautiful and scenic rolling hills country of southwestern Wisconsin. It was originally built in 1873 for a railroad line running from Chicago to St. Paul, Minnesota, the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad. This tunnel is one of three still in use on the now bicycle trail between Elroy and Sparta. The tunnel is three-fourths of a mile long and is a remarkable engineering feat.

Old railroad tunnel


About historynut11

My name is Tim Ashley and I am a newspaper editor/reporter/photographer in Milford, Indiana, and live in nearby Goshen, Indiana. A deeply held and sincere passion of mine is history and learning from the past. I enjoy a wide variety of history topics, but particularly local history, noted American highways (Lincoln Highway and Route 66), railroad history and the Civil War. I believe we can learn much from the past and that past shapes who we are today. I also enjoy visiting museums and historical sites, as well as taking photos of remnants from the past still standing.
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