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The Abandoned Boone Tunnel, Wilmore, Kentucky


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Built in the 1920s when the “highway” was redesigned, this small tunnel funneled automobile traffic directly onto the “Brooklyn Bridge” over the Kentucky River. Unfortunately a portion of the bridge collapsed in 1953 when a food service truck crossing the bridge strained the superstructure beyond capacity and a portion of the bridge collapsed into the river below. A year later in 1954 a new bridge was built just 100 yards downriver bypassing the former bridge and Boone Tunnel. Today the tunnel sits unused but reminds us of a more rugged and slower pace in rural Kentucky.


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