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Location DB > United States > Minnesota > Duluth > Ely's Tunnel
Ely's Tunnel
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created by Glass on 11/4/2008 9:15 PM
last modified by Mr. Bitey on 2/28/2019 2:32 PM
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A huge railroad tunnel that you can climb all around... Ely's Peak is one of the most popular places to rock climb.
 Basic Information
Type: Rail Tunnel
Status: Abandoned
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: check it out if you're nearby
 Physical Information
Beck's Rd
Duluth, Minnesota
United States
Owner: St. Louis County
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  •  Hazards
  • falling rocks
  •  Interesting Features
    Big old railroad tunnel!
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     Historical Dates
    Built: 1911
    Closed: 1996
     Required Equipment
  • flashlight
  • head protection
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    The Duluth, Winnipeg and Pacific Railway had a tunnel carved through Ely’s Peak, with excavation beginning in August 1910. The DWP decided constructing a tunnel would be better than constructing a railway over or around Ely's Peak. The excavation crew included 120 men – 60 on each side of the mountain – and these crews would meet in the middle a year later. On August 15, 1911, the tunnel was ready for train tracks to be laid. The tunnel lies on a 7 degree curve, is about 520 ft long, and 18 ft wide. In 1912, the railway finally reached Duluth, allowing it to then connect with several other US Railways. This tunnel was used heavily up until 1996, when Canadian National Railway took over DWP, and the tunnel was abandoned.
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    Tue, Nov 4th, 2008
    posted by Glass
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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Emperor Wang on 2/28/2019 7:36 PM.

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  • on Feb 28 19 at 19:36, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Feb 28 19 at 14:32, Mr. Bitey changed the following: History, Year Closed, Web Links
  • on Nov 6 08 at 1:06, Opheliaism validated this location
  • on Nov 5 08 at 23:52, Glass updated gallery picture IMG01308.jpg
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  • on Nov 5 08 at 23:50, Glass updated gallery picture IMG01305.jpg
  • on Nov 5 08 at 23:49, Glass added some pictures to a gallery
  • on Nov 5 08 at 23:46, Glass changed the following: History
  • on Nov 5 08 at 23:45, Glass changed the following: Publically Viewable, History, Year Built, Year Closed
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