Tunnelton Tunnel

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The apparition of a man who was decapitated during the tunnel’s construction has been reported; many folks say he appears to be searching for his head. One rumor states that there is a graveyard atop the tunnel, and during its construction, some of the bodies fell through into the tunnel. Another legend tells of a ghost family killed long ago when their horse and buggy crashed into the river down the hill. Witnesses say they have heard the family’s screams.

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    Geographic Information

    Address:
    Tunnelton, IN
    United States

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    GPS:
    38.76874593524985, -86.30660533894115
    County:
    Lawrence County, Indiana
    Nearest Towns:
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      • I have Been through the tunel many times on late after noon a friend of mine and i were in the tunel half way back a old lantern shaped glowKeviing light aperead coming toward us. Nothing could be seen but the lantern. We wasted no time leaving. I had heard the same stories from my great grandfather.

    1. My moms told me storys sayin the figure was a rail road worker who didnt get into the cubby in time and got killed by a train comin through and haunts till this day lookin for his way out of the e tunnel. Wat about stack rock in bedford suposedly its a gateway to hell but its just abunch if corry rocks stacked together. Any more places in williams or bedford I need to kno about. Wat about yhe old jail by st vincens elm school in bedford? That place is hounted just go to the square in bedford from the highway on 16th and follow it into town then take a right at the rail road tracks then look right for a old buildin with bars on the windows you cant miss it

    2. I live near here and grew up not far away. Going there at midnight was a rite of passage. (Or for the 2am CSX that used to go through it in the 90s.) I have never had an experience though, but I’m always hopeful.
      One legend I always heard was the railroad employee and his lantern. Your could see it if you turned your flashlight off in the middle of the tunnel. If you’ve not been there, the tunnel curves in the middle and for a space of 15 or so feet you cannot see either end.

    3. I grew up in Bedford, I have seen the faces in the jail. I have been to Tunnelton Tunnel as part of growing up in Bedford pretty much demands it. I have seen the light in the blackest part of the tunnel. I know of the cemetery on the top of the tunnel but what of the ghost train? I have heard the stories but not sure if they are true. I have heard the screams of the family that in the horse and buggy fell into the river down the hill and died but I have not seen much about that.

    4. We walked it twice, once at 10:30 and again it midnight. The first time nothing was strange or out of the ordinary. The guys messed with us girls a few times but other than that nothing paranormal. When we went back through the tunnel at midnight, both on the way through and on the way back we all smelled a really strong kerosene smell. When we walked through we smelt it from the middle of the tunnel until the end, on the way back it didn’t start until the middle and we could smell it all the way back to where we had originally entered. Definitely creepy. The first time none of us had smelled anything and nothing was out of the ordinary.

    5. October 3, 2016:
      I wasn’t expecting that my buddy and I would experience any paranormal activity as we drove 2 hours south in the middle of a sunny October day (@ the tunnel from 12-1:30pm), and then, as we ran into a Tunnelton, Indiana, paranormal investigator when we were seeking directions to the tunnel, with him saying that he’d been in the tunnel several times and never experienced any paranormal activity, I’d say we had our guard down.

      2 things happened on our visit:
      1. We heard someone walking behind us at the east entrance and when we both turned around, expecting to see someone, there was no one! We went back the 100′ we’d just walked in and there was NO ONE!! As those of you know that have been there, you’re in the wilderness, and it’s not easy to hike out of sight in a short matter of time because of the steep slopes surrounding the train tracks. We’d started at the west (Tunnelton) entrance, walking with light off of my smartphone face all the way through and then took in the sites of the east entrance, WILDERNESS…and it seems highly impossible that someone ran down as we ventured back into the tunnel, and to then vanish when we came back?! Highly doubtful. Also to note, is that my buddy is ‘special needs’ and is often slow to comprehend or even respond, turning around with the sound of hearing someone behind us as he did, was that we obviously heard SOMEONE! I just smiled and thought, ‘Wow…that’s cool! We witnessed what we’d been reading about!!’

      2. In posting pictures taken on Facebook of the tunnel entrances from the outside and inside, and showing the darkness that exists as you find yourself in the middle of the tunnel, unable to see either tunnel entrance, a friend commented that she could see a silhouette of a person. I thought that maybe I’d captured my buddy in the picture, but it wasn’t that at all, but an image of a girl with shoulder length hair, and then in looking further, a villainous man seemed to be behind her with attire on of the 1800’s/1900’s. And there seemed to be other faces hidden and uncovered by the light entering the west entrance from the picture taken at about 200′? in.

      October 10, 2016:
      My buddy and I returned a week later and at the same time (12pm). It was another sunny day, and though we did not hear any one walking behind us, a picture had more images!! Again, while standing 200′? in from the west entrance, and taking a picture back to the entrance, showing white light come through the tunnel opening, there was a ghostly blue image that had a face in it, and then there was a baby, maybe Henry Dixon’s baby that was born prematurely and died, due to Dixon’s wife giving birth early with the news of her husband’s death (1908)? 

      It’s interesting to say the least, and I’m looking forward to returning with my buddy, or others in the months/year to come!!

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