Stumphouse Tunnel

Stumphouse Tunnel (HM1ER7)

Location: Walhalla, SC 29691 Oconee County
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N 34° 48.621', W 83° 7.414'

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The unfinished railroad tunnel cut into the SE face of Stumphouse Mtn. is the largest of three begun before the Civil War by the Blue Ridge Rail Road, for a line from Anderson, S.C., to Knoxville, Tenn. Work began in late 1853. About 1,500 Irish miners, who lived in the Tunnel Hill village atop the mountain, cut through blue granite with hand drills, hammers and chisels, and black powder. Four shafts meant miners could cut through ten rock faces at one time.
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Stumphouse Tunnel was the westernmost tunnel of the three; Middle Tunnel was ½ mi. SE and Saddle Tunnel was 1? mi. NE. The longest section of this tunnel is 1,600' long, 25' high, and 17' wide. Work ceased in 1859 when the S.C. legislature refused to fund more construction. Clemson University acquired the tunnel in 1951 and cured blue cheese here for several years. Stumphouse Tunnel, long a tourist attraction, is managed by the City of Walhalla.
HM NumberHM1ER7
Marker Number37-10
Year Placed2010
Placed ByOconee Forever and Save Stumphouse Donors
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 at 5:46pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 305759 N 3854067
Decimal Degrees34.81035000, -83.12356667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 48.621', W 83° 7.414'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 48' 37.26" N, 83° 7' 24.84" W
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Area Code(s)864
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1992 Stumphouse Tunnel Rd, Walhalla SC 29691, US
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