Most People Have No Idea This Unique Tunnel In Nebraska Exists
In a lot of states, railroad tunnels were carved into mountains and hills to allow trains to pass through while the tracks were otherwise still being laid. Being a prairie state, Nebraska isn’t known for having much need for such tunnels. There’s exactly one tunnel that has ever been built in the entire Cornhusker State: the Belmont Tunnel in Dawes County. Most people have no idea it exists, and the ones who do are almost always locals. This is the story of the most unique tunnel in Nebraska.
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Maybe advances in railroad technology have made it easier to lay alternate tracks next to the tunnel, or perhaps the tunnel was built as a visual treat for weary travelers who were tired of seeing nothing but Nebraska prairie.
This little-known tunnel is a one-of-a-kind feature of the Nebraska landscape. If you plan to go visit the Belmont Tunnel, be aware that it may be on private property. Always get permission from landowners before you visit sites like this!
As a lifelong Nebraskan, Delana loves discovering the many hidden treasures of her state. She has worked as a writer and editor since 2007. Delana's work has been featured on more than a dozen websites and in Nebraska Life Magazine.