Cumberland Gap tunnel (the old one)

Blogging the Railroad Tunnels

This is the last tunnel on the line coming out of Knoxville.  As I’ve mentioned before, the Knoxville Cumberland Gap Louisville railroad company blasted out this tunnel in 1888-1889, with a grade going up to the more or less center of the tunnel on both sides, so the cross-section of the mountain would reveal a tunnel that looks like an inverted “V”.  Smoke had a tendency to collect at the top and make breathing difficult for crews and passengers. Then, to add to the woes, the tunnel collapsed on July 4, 1894, and again in 1896.  Engineers didn’t like to go into the tunnel, so they’d push a string into the tunnel and have another locomotive pull it out from the other portal.  Passengers had to take a wagon ride through the gap.  This wasn’t a good situation.  When L&N gained control of the tunnel (KCGL had gone bust in…

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Little tunnel, Cumberland Gap TN

Blogging the Railroad Tunnels

Recall, the Knoxville Cumberland Gap Louisville railroad company blasted through Cumberland Gap with a tunnel that was finished in 1889.  In the meantime, in 1890, Middlesboro burned to the ground, but quickly recovered and needed places for its people to go.  Middlesboro was going to be the Birmingham AL of Kentucky, if that makes any sense.  Iron was the key.  Fairly good iron, too.  Until the collapse of funding in 1892 and the recession of 1893, Middlesboro was the place to be.  In 1891, Harrogate built the fancy Four Seasons Hotel and a line was built to connect everyone up.  To get to Harrogate from Middlesboro, the line had to go through a ridge.  This tunnel became called the Little Tunnel, about 1,200′ long and reasonably sturdy (it began to collapse in the late 20th century and was converted into a pedestrian tunnel).  Here’s what the north portal, about 3,000′…

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Lewis Chumley Family Tree – 4 generations

The following file includes 4 generations of Lewis Chumley, the 2nd son of Robert and Besty Chumley.  Last updated on 07/26/2013

Lewis Chumley Outline 4 generations Descendant Report

Photos of Daniel Huff Chumley

Daniel Huff Chumley