- Mar 16, 2016
NORTHEAST PORTAL. - Blue Ridge Railroad, Blue Ridge Tunnel
The Blue Ridge Tunnel was built by Claudius Crozet for the Blue Ridge Railroad in 1858 by the state of Virginia for the Virginia Central Railroad. It was the longest in the US at the time. Designated by the American Society of Civil Engineers as a Historic Civil Engineering Landmark.
Stonewall Jackson and his troops used it to move quickly in Blue Ridge Mountains. His knowledge of the tunnels and gaps in the area and their speedy movement through them got them the epithet 'foot cavalry'.