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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 124, September 26, 1853

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Identifier: DX04143248

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 124, September 26, 1853

Description: Describes visiting a site where a railroad tunnel is being dug outside Cincinnati, Ohio.


guidance of his [Goodin’s] brother, equally stout & Philadelphia born. A five minutes walk to Livery Stable, then into vehicle, and off for the city outskirts, and Railroad Tunnelling. A blazing hot day, and dust flying. Much talk of Cincinatti with its 15,000 population, its extensive works, manufactories of agricultural instruments, hog exportations & a thousand other modes of wealth, all where within the memory of man the hunter roamed along the Ohio banks. Arrived at the Deer Creek Valley. Here were hundreds of labourers, all busily plying spade, pick and wheel-barrow, in effecting the huge tunnel, which it is designed to cut through a great hill, thus to allow all eight of the Railroads to enter into Cincinatti. Peculiarly located as it is, the city is surrounded by hills, therefore across to its busy port is to be desired. Tis a vast project, one thousand men are employed at it night and day, three shafts have been sunk, and stout Cornishmen at nigh 200 feet below the surface are ever delving, and blasting a road for the Iron horse. The plan involves levelling surrounding hills, filling up valleys, improving the city & the entire readjustment of the pla locality. ‘Twill be done in two years from the commencement, six months back. A bustling, hot, amusing scene, indicative of much. Descending a steep ladder we walked under the excavation for a hundred yards or so. All slaty marl formation, no springs encountered, though the place was muddy & dank. In the chaise again and along pretty bits of country road, green hills partially overlooking the city till at the entrance of a shaft 170 feet deep. This we descend, I wishing to go & Mr Goodin after some hesitation doing the like. Accidents having occurred by descent in baskets, we go down the ladders. With a candle, and my coat exchanged for one of the miners, down we go, firmly grasping the ladder rounds. At the space of 15 feet intervals theres a wooden landing place. Black as night it soon become, and the muddy marl clogged our fingers, while dank water drippings fell

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-09-26

Type(s): Diary

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Diaries
Mineral industries
Agricultural machinery
Ohio River


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