|The headline in the Parkersburg News on June 7, 1963, read “B&O Tunnel Cave-in Traps 2 at Eaton’s.” A number of men were working on the old 1867 tunnel as part of an improvement project, but the tunnel collapsed trapping two men. Rescue efforts included trying to lay steel rails in the tunnel to get necessary equipment in to help remove rubble and locate the missing men. Rescuers also brought in air compressors and water and air pumps to try and save them.
One man who was buried under rock and debris was able to speak and was located. After being trapped for approximately 18 hours, he was rescued and taken to the hospital. Unfortunately, he passed on later due to his injuries. The other man was still trapped and missing under the rock and dirt of the tunnel cave-in.
Sadly, other missing man who remained trapped could not be found. Despite desperate efforts to locate him, the tunnel was so unstable and unsafe for the rescue to continue. The rescue efforts halted and the tunnel entrance was covered in mounds of dirt. Part-way through the tunnel where the cave-in occurred, it was sealed up with concrete and dirt entombing the man who was trapped there and has been his final resting place ever since.
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|A new tunnel was constructed almost parallel to the old 1867 collapsed tunnel, which is dated 1963. Today, it is part of the Rails to Trails. It’s sad that there is no memorial for the man who lies in the old tunnel. One entrance to the collapsed tunnel can still be seen if you walk through the new tunnel and turn to your left and go up over the hillside. It is a small hole, and inside, it is muddy, wet, and dangerous. The ceiling of the tunnel is crumbling apart, and there is almost about 7-10 feet of water a feet away from the entrance. Farther back, you can see the wall of concrete where a man’s body lies behind it under rock and debris.|
|WE HAVE BEEN TO EATON'S TUNNEL MANY TIMES, AND CONTINUE TO RETURN.||Below are some links about Eaton’s Tunnel. Some of the information I used in helping to write this. Here are some interesting things about Eaton’s Tunnel too.
• Eaton’s Tunnel is 1,840 feet long, and is the 2nd longest tunnel of the Rails to Trails.
• In January, Eaton’s tunnel received the first annual Hollow Hill/ISPGH Award for the Best Haunted Place in the US or Canada.
• Apparently, an album was also recoded at Eaton’s Tunnel by Barry Gibson and Carter Cantrell called, “Songs from the Tunnel.”
|THE NEW 1963 EATON'S TUNNEL|
|OUR EXPERIENCES AT EATON'S TUNNEL:
* Unexplainable sounds
*Seeing shadows / shadow people
*Possibly heard the sound of a train
|ORB IN THE TUNNEL|
|DARKNESS OF THE TUNNEL|
|THE OLD 1867 COLLAPSED
|THE BODY OF A MAN REMAINS IN THE OLD TUNNEL THAT COLLAPSED ON JUNE 6, 1963.|
|OUTSIDE ENTRANCE TO THE OLD COLLAPSED TUNNEL|
|INSIDE THE OLD COLLAPSED TUNNEL|
|A SAMPLE OF
SOME OF OUR EVP'S FROM EATON'S TUNNEL
|NEW EATON'S TUNNEL EVP'S||OLD EATON'S TUNNEL EVP'S|
|EVP 1- SMALL CHILD- "PLEASE HELP ME"||EVP 1- MAN- "HELLO"|
|EVP 2- MAN- "COME) FEEL ME"||EVP 2- MAN- "YOU WILL MAKE IT"|
|IF YOU HEAR SOMETHING ELSE THAT WE MISSED, OR HEARD SOMETHING DIFFERENT, LET US KNOW.|
|EVP 3- BOY- "ALL YA (YOU) RAGHEADS STAY AHEAD"|
|UPDATE: WE DID AN INVESTIGATION OF BOTH THE OLD AND NEW EATON'S TUNNELS.... ANNIVERSARY OF THE TUNNEL COLLAPSE.... JUNE 6, 2007|
|BELOW ARE SOME PHOTOS WE CAPTURED ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE OLD TUNNEL'S COLLAPSE JUNE 6, 2007.|
|THE ABOVE PHOTOS WERE TAKEN IN THE OLD COLLAPSED TUNNEL|
|EVP'S FROM JUNE 6, 2007- ANNIVERSARY OF THE TUNNEL'S COLLAPSE|
|EVP 1- "GOD, THIRTY PEOPLE!"|
|EVP 5- "GET OUT!."|
|EVP 6- "WANT YOU TO COME FOR ME."|
|EVP 2- "WILL YOU COME HELP ME PLEASE?"|
|EVP 7- A SOUND WE HEARD...|
|EVP 3- "WHY DON'T YOU TWO COME OVER....ETC.."|
|IN THE NEW TUNNEL ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE OLD TUNNEL'S COLLAPSE|
|EVP 8- "BE VERY QUIET."|
|EVP 9- "ARE THEY SEARCHING FOR HIM?."|
|EVP 4- "NOBODY HEARS YOU"|
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