Little tunnel, Cumberland Gap TN

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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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Poet, author, servant of God the Heavenly father and the Lord Jesus Christ...working out his salvation with fear and trembling. - Not trusting in his own deeds, but depending totally upon the finished sacrificial work of Jesus Christ to be, by God's reckoning, a new creature, clothed in Christ's righteousness...which mortal humankind can never attain by their own weak efforts, apart from faith in Christ's work on our behalf. - College-educated, yet wise enough to see that what a man does will not be his ultimate identity nor affect how God sees him or her. - Called by God to do a very difficult thing...apart from God's grace, mercy and strength...to love the sinner (which we all--by nature--are) but hate the sin, which is only paid through Christ, God's Son, - My own God-given gift is that of being a Poet..showing that in all parts of life...God has a loving part in it...as hard as that is to always understand or perceive...given life's realities! Come join me on my journey of discovery?.

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