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“Church Hill Tunnel , The Story You Have Never Heard”

Kitty Snow (Kitty Snow’s “Up & Down Church Hill”) shares a great story about working with her grandfather’s photographs:

Richard Lee Bland was at the Church Hill Tunnel collapse 75th anniversary commemoration when he noticed a man showing people a photograph of the Tunnel before it collapsed. He approached the man and asked if he could take the photo to VCU Libraries to be scanned. Mind you, this was a historic photograph and Richard Lee Bland a complete stranger but the owner of the picture immediately handed it over.

Richard took it to VCU and shared the image, then contacted the owner to return it. As Richard Lee described it, he drove “all the way to Moseley, Virginia” and by this time, I knew exactly who “the man” was. It was my father, Howard Lynch, who gave a stranger a precious piece of Richmond history and trusted that it would be returned to him. His trust was well-placed in Richard Lee Bland.

PHOTO by Harris Stilson via Richmond Views

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tjubd
tjubd
5 years ago

@chpn It’s a shame the eastern portal is buried and barely accessible.

tjubd
tjubd
5 years ago

@chpn The story of the Church Hill tunnel will always fascinate me.

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RT @chpn: “Church Hill Tunnel , The Story You Have Never Heard” http://t.co/apYLHbYuKY

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Where is this tunnel?

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Reply to  Kath Leen

The west end is under Cedar Street at the edge of Jefferson Park. The east entrance is in the ravine under the west edge of Chimborazo Park.

Bobby
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5 years ago

The J.O.B., a local Richmond band, composed & recorded a concept album of Americana style rock with the songs telling the story of Locomotive 231 from various perspectives. The song “1925” is an anthem to the time. Check it out at http://thejoband.bandcamp.com/album/231-two-thirty-one

Kath Leen
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5 years ago
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Thanks I was just talking about this last night

Michael Paul Dodson
Michael Paul Dodson
5 years ago

One part is under Chimborazo playground near 31st and the other end off Marshall Street/18th in the Bottom. There is marker just east of Marshall on 18th.

Jim O'Ferrell
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My band, The J.O.B. from here in Church Hill, composed & recorded a concept album of Americana style rock with the songs telling the story of the tunnel collapse onto Locomotive 231 from various perspectives. The song “1925” is an anthem to the time. Check it out athttp://thejoband.bandcamp.com/album/231-two-thirty-one

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