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01/09/05

Permalink 05:05:56 pm, Categories: Urban Exploration, 337 words   English (US)

holiday island railroad tunnel

A user on the forum, travcojim, tipped me off about an abandoned railroad tunnel out near Holiday Island, Arkansas. So, this morning I looked the place up on the internet, plugged the coordinates into my GPS, and went for a joyride.

It took me a little while to find the place, even with the GPS. I'd known there was an abandoned railroad line in the area, but I'd never heard about the tunnel. I had to do trial and error with several different dirt roads, but I finally found the one that led in the right direction.

I got out and started walking when I couldn't drive any farther. I didn't know it until I started seeing railroad beams buried in the dirt, but I had driven right onto the old railroad line. Which was nice, because it meant I didn't have to go looking around in the woods.

The tunnel was in about the same shape as the railroad line. Rock had collapsed in front of it and on the sides, but it was still completely accessible. Inside, the floor was covered with mud, and I walked about a hundred yards inside before reaching a massive cave-in. I thought the way was blocked, until I got out my flashlight and saw tha that you could walk over the top of it.

At the other side of the cave-in, there was water as far as I could see. Luckily, travcojim had warned me about that, and I had brought my chest-high waders. I suited up and began slogging through a few feet of water with old railroad beams floating in the water around me.

I reached the other side and dry ground, and it was in even worse shape. The entrance had mostly collapsed, leaving just enough room for a person to walk out of. I went up out of the tunnel, looked around, but didn't see anything remarkable. I slogged back to the other side, finished taking some pictures, and headed back home wet and muddy.

Comments, Pingbacks:

Comment from: Zach [Visitor] · http://www.zachishere.com
A little slogging is good for the soul.
Permalink 01/11/05 @ 02:41
Comment from: Raven [Visitor] · http://unf.undergroundozarks.com
Looks wet and creepy. Just how long is the tunnel? At least you got a chance to break your new waders in, heh.
Permalink 01/11/05 @ 02:41
Comment from: annette [Visitor] · http://www.spunga.com
that is really really neat!
Permalink 01/12/05 @ 21:54
Comment from: skrizach [Visitor] · http://www.livejournal.com/~skrach
Sweetness, that place is tight. It looks like the train would have just barely fit in there.
Permalink 01/16/05 @ 19:34
Comment from: Barbra [Visitor]
Way cool, I have actually been there on a few occasions myself. I lived in holiday Island and Eureka Sorings for a couple of years. I love your site, it rocks!
Permalink 05/10/06 @ 16:06
Comment from: Canal boat holidays [Visitor] · http://www.hireacanalboat.co.uk/
It looks pretty nasty! You must have had a lot of courage to get in such a horrible place.
Permalink 02/05/08 @ 17:23
Comment from: Ed Talone [Visitor]
How long is the Holiday Island Tunnel- (in feet)

Thanks, Ed

Do you know of other Arkansas tunnels that are abandoned?
Permalink 07/30/08 @ 23:16
Comment from: reba55 [Visitor]
Several pic labels referred to "beams". As info, the correct railroad term is "ties". You knew that, right?
Permalink 05/01/09 @ 17:49
Comment from: Xavier [Visitor]
There's more legacies of the Underground Railroad than one might think. Part of the legacy of the Underground Railroad is that people find tunnels beneath their houses or apartment buildings they didn't know were there - and sometimes it's discovered when century old floors give way. Either that or it ends up as a wine cellar and someone just didn't know what they were looking at. (You have to hide the good stuff somewhere – you don't want a beautifully aging pinot noir in reach of the undeserving.) If your house was a stop on the Underground Railroad or other historic landmark, it's worth a quick payday loan or two to preserve it.
Permalink 10/17/09 @ 06:32

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