Today, we’re exploring one spot in Ohio, so remote and desolate, that it’s remained practically untouched for over 170 years. For the adventurous among us, those with a penchant for the wilds of the Appalachian hills, this out-of-the-way location stands as a time machine, of sorts.
Vinton County, our state’s least populous county with a total census of only 13,000 people, stands home to one mid-19th century brick and mortar structure that has become a sought-after spot for Ohioans and non-Ohioans alike. It’s not a place people come upon by accident. For decades, it took a great deal of planning, researching, map plotting, and a sturdy set of hiking boots just to reach it. Today, through the tireless efforts of both locals and the state of Ohio, you can now park your vehicle near on old rail bed, cross a newly built bridge that spans Racoon Creek, and make the 100-yard trek to a destination known by history buffs, nature enthusiasts and the spirits of lost souls whose silhouettes are often spotted in wanning light at dusk.
I’m talking about the Moonville Tunnel.
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Moonville Tunnel, Ohio's Vinton County