/ 2023 / Architecture / Historic

Tunnel #6

From 1866-1867, transcontinental railroad workers, largely Chinese, performed the dangerous work of digging and blasting through Donner Pass to create the 1659 foot long tunnel #6. Working by lantern, many of these brave souls lost their lives in the tunnel's excavation.

For a short time in the spring, the ice in the now trackless tunnels melts and forms a smooth reflective surface. May the light in this photo shine in honor of those incredible souls who were treated so unfairly.