#29 Clinch Mountain tunnel (now in color)

Clinch Mountain tunnel, in Scott County VA, at 36.637520, -82.735412 (center top of tunnel), is 4,135′ long. The date on the lintel is 1909.  If you have hawk-keen eyes, you might just be able to see the tiny speck of white near the bottom of the tunnel opening…that’s the other end.  It’s unfaced and just across Highway 23 from the Vulcan quarry in Speers Ferry, over a girder plate trestle.  The next picture is back on the Kermit side of the tunnel, just off to the right.  These are the ruins of a factory that was extant here in the early years of the last century.  It mined sand from up on the Clinch Mountain, processed it, and shipped it Pittsburgh Glass.  Odd to find that here…maybe it was super duper sand, or something.   Remnants of the rail siding are still visible (not in the picture)(sidings aren’t particularly interesting).

As of October, 2013, the ruins of the factory are still much the same, but heavily overgrown.  And, just as the last time, as I was taking this picture series (I’m just posting one), a CSX mixed-unit train came rolling through, generating enough wind in the cut to nearly take my cap off.









Here’s the north portal of Clinch Mountain tunnel:








8 thoughts on “#29 Clinch Mountain tunnel (now in color)

  1. Alan Jennings May 6, 2013 / 12:47 am

    Used to live in the house next to the Kermit entrance, found out the house was built for and lived in by the forman over building the tunnel. Had spring water from about halfway up clinch mtn, got a water bill f$rom clincfield rr every year for $1.00.

    • bobtricities2011 May 6, 2013 / 5:33 pm

      Was the sand mine and associated buildings derelict when you lived nearby?

    • Anonymous July 3, 2014 / 11:21 am

      My cousin owns that house now.

  2. Jeff July 3, 2014 / 11:24 am

    My cousin owns that house now. I live about 2 miles away.

  3. cheryl October 25, 2014 / 5:21 pm

    I live on the other side of the tunnel in Speer’s Ferry. We own the property that is adjacent to the tracks. maybe you need to photograph this side too.

    • Bob Lawrence October 25, 2014 / 5:56 pm

      It was an oversight, since I’d shot the original series of pictures in black-and-white, when I updated the shots to color, I neglected to return the north portal of the tunnel to the page. It’s there now. Thank you for noticing!

  4. Anonymous October 13, 2019 / 2:34 pm

    Pretty sure that’s not a picture of the north portal of the Clinch mountain tunnel. Looks more like the Speers Ferry tunnel to me.

    • Bob Lawrence October 13, 2019 / 4:37 pm

      use the coordinates. they were noted on the site.

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