The Quest To Protect California’s Transcontinental Railroad Tunnels

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The Chinese immigrant-built Donner Summit tunnels consist of numerous tunnels that dot the trail of the Transcontinental Railroad. But despite their historical significance in connecting the country, helping to shrink the time taken to travel from the East Coast to the West Coast from 118 days to six days, the tunnels have been left by the wayside. Remaining on private property, they have never officially been recognized, leaving them with no active supervision; fate has instead deemed the tunnels to a life of graffiti and vandalism. Read full article here

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