The Tunnels of Thorpe Road

Thorpe Rd tunnels-1On Thorpe Road, just a stone’s throw off of Hwy 195, lie two tunnels. I pass them everyday if not several times a day and I’ve often marveled at both their strength and simplicity.  Built in 1910 and 1917, their placement and design make me think that they were created to allow passage through the fill that was placed in order to support the train tracks that are there. They’re  about 150 away from each other and I can’t help but think that the 7 years difference in their construction was due to the fact that in 1910, there may not have been a second ridge to cut through. Imagine the arduous labor needed to move enough earth to create not one but two ridges to support the tracks.

Regardless, what sits today are monuments to the effort needed to create progress, to open up new paths of transportation and transit and to leave a mark on an area and its history. To me, even more importantly, they sit mostly east/west so twice a day they put on a spectacular light show!

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This entry was published on July 10, 2013 at 06:03. It’s filed under Architecture, Spokane and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

4 thoughts on “The Tunnels of Thorpe Road

  1. Alisha on said:

    I enjoyed learning more about the tunnels and your pictures are wonderful!

  2. Very cool. That light coming through looks wicked!

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