The Loops: Byrd to Lower Bridal to Speedy February 19, 2013Bob Lawrence Standing inside Byrd tunnel and looking to Lower Bridal and, just beyond, the entrance to Speedy tunnel. Three tunnels on one tangent. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading... Related
Both sides of my family (Byrd and Smith) are from the Johnson City TN area. One of my cousins told me my great-grandfather (Grover Byrd) worked on this railroad track construction. They also said they thought a tunnel outside Erwin was named after him. Evidently this is correct, unless some one else has already claimed that honor.
Thanks for the information.
It’s hard to track down the naming system for the tunnels on the Clinchfield. Your family’s claim is undisputed, as far as I know.