Most People Have No Idea This Unique Tunnel In Ohio Exists
If you enjoy exploring the abandoned, spooky and long-forgotten, then you need to check out Moonville Tunnel (in broad daylight, of course).
Little remains of the abandoned coal mining town of Moonville except for a few foundations, a nearby cemetery and an old railroad tunnel – a tunnel supposedly haunted by ghosts of locals who died from being struck by passing trains.
Moonville, located near southeastern Ohio’s Brown Township (in Vinton County), was founded in 1856 when the Marietta and Cincinnati railroad ran through the area’s woods. The railroad was the only route to Moonville. Throughout the years, many people have died near the tunnel and train tracks. Because the tunnel was so narrow, it was not possible for pedestrians to walk alongside the tracks in the tunnel while a train was passing through – which resulted in numerous deaths.
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For more information (and ghost stories) about the Moonville Tunnel, watch the video below:
Southern Ohio was actually home to multiple railroad tunnels, though many have deteriorated or been filled in for safety reasons. If you have any photos of the Moonville Tunnel or other railroad tunnels in Ohio you’ve explored, please share them with us via our Facebook page!
April is the Ohio staff writer for Only in Your State. She is an Ohio native with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. With more than 10 years of writing experience and a background in news reporting for Ohio newspapers, she's published pieces in multiple print and online publications. When she's not on deadline or chasing after her toddler, she's hunting for hidden gems in Ohio or getting lost in a good book.
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