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Antebellum railroad tunnel still a marvel after all these years

TUNNEL HILL, Ga. — Crews building the Western & Atlantic Railroad from Atlanta to Chattanooga, Tenn., faced a number of natural obstacles. None, however, were as foreboding as Chetoogeta Mountain. What workers built was a 1,477-foot-long engineering phenomenon that has stood the test of time. The tunnel was also “the first railroad tunnel south of the Mason-Dixon line,” according to a number of sources. On March 4, 1848, the city incorporated as Tunnelsville. It wasn’t until