The Blue Ridge Tunnel by Mary E. Lyons
This may be the most fascinating book we have ever sold! Packed with photographs, personal memories, and historic records, the book tells the story of the railroad tunnel that was dug by Irish immigrants under Afton Mountain in Virginia. The author follows families from Ireland to the mountains of Virginia. She shows how history has a way of weaving events and lives together, creating the most unexpected results. In this case, the Great Hunger in Ireland forced thousands to America’s shores. These Irish immigrants became the people who built the Blue Ridge Tunnel (also known as the Crozet tunnel). The American Society of Civil Engineers has called it “one of the greatest engineering marvels of the nineteenth century” and has named the tunnel a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark. This highly readable history is perfect for the rail fan, the history buff, or anyone who just wants to hear an incredibly amazing story.
Published by The History Press, paperback, 191 pages, 9” x 6”