This is Pettit tunnel, just south of Clinchco and Squirrel Camp tunnel (so named, it’s said, because squirrel was about all the tunneling crew had to eat while they worked there). It sports a 1928 dating. Nice, sensible tunnel, 379′ long at 37.133940, -82.369548, just off Highway 63 (revisited). This was one of those “Well, here it is. Take a picture. Okay, what’s next?”. Next is Caney Fork tunnel, that’s what. Squirrel’s actually pretty good, btw. Mom used to make a killer fried squirrel with gravy.
Here we are near Clinchco in Dickenson County, looking toward Elkhorn City (we’re about 16 miles now from that storied site). This is Sykes Mill tunnel, 752′ long, through a rock spur that runs down to the
Clinch McClure River. This is convenient tunnel to photograph, since it’s practically sitting in your lap when you pull off 63 onto a side road that crossed the tracks. Not like Squirrel Camp, and I’ll tell you why later (it’s #15).
And thank you to Rodney Adkins, who corrected the error on the name of the river. He also added that this tunnel is near Clinchco.
And thanks to Jeff Brouws for catching my error on the miles from EC. Sykes is actually 16.78 miles…I had 11. Lost in the ozone again…