13371First Railroad Tunnel found in Schenectady
- Aug 16, 2008SCHENECTADY - City Historian Don Rittner has finally found what he says is
the country's first rudimentary railroad tunnel, buried in the center of the
historic Stockade district.
The 15-foot-deep tunnel snakes its way across what are now a dozen or more
private backyards. But in 1832, that land was a major thoroughfare - the
foundation of the city's prosperity and growth for the next century.
Hundreds of business owners and daring families rode through the tunnel on
trains so experimental that they were considered too dangerous to be allowed
on city streets. They could travel so fast and their engines could produce
so many wild sparks that city leaders feared pedestrians would be run over
and buildings burned down.
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