The 7 Hills
in the Tunnel
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Literature and History Department
The Train in the Tunnel
In the early 1870's, the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway built
a 4,000 foot tunnel underneath Church Hill. Richmond's City Council put
up over $200,000 towards the cost of construction. However, the Church
Hill tunnel was plagued with problems from the beginning. Houses on 24th
Street were damaged first by fires caused when a fissure opened and gas
mains broke, then again in 1872 when the tunnel collapsed leaving a huge
hole between 24th and 25th Streets. Several houses simply collapsed, and
the Third Presbyterian Church was permanently damaged as well.
In 1925, the C&O Railroad tried to reopen the tunnel, but
400 feet of it collapsed on the work train inside. Two workmen were killed
and two others never found. The train itself remains sealed in the tunnel
to this day.
Our first article from the Richmond Times Dispatch is a
retrospective of the accident written in 1947.
Now we go back to 1925 when the original Times Dispatch
articles were written.
October 8, 1925
October 9 and 10, 1925
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