Auburn Tunnel facts for kids
|Status||open cut, abandoned|
|Closed||1857, converted to cut|
|Owner||Schuylkill Navigation Company|
|Length||450 feet (140 m)|
|Highest elevation||471 feet (144 m)
above Delaware River, mid tide
|Tunnel clearance||22 feet (6.7 m)|
|Width||15 feet (4.6 m)|
The tunnel was deliberately added to the canal as a novelty, as the hill it was bored though could have easily been bypassed. It became a major attraction, with people traveling over 97 miles (156 km) upriver from Philadelphia to see it. It was periodically shortened, and in 1857 was daylighted to become an open-cut.
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