Meramec Highlands, MO. Tunnel

Discussion in 'Tunnels' started by RogerRT, Jan 25, 2006.

  1. RogerRT

    RogerRT Staff Member Staff Member Frisco.org Supporter

    Howdy folks, just got back from a trip to St.Louis. I heard the Meramac Highlands depot was for sale so I wanted to see it and the old tunnel. I tried to locate the old site about 8 years ago but was looking in the wrong place, about a mile to the east. That was before terraserver and the internet so this time I had real good info to go on. I'm happy to say I have all good news. The depot was purchased and is being remodeled it is at the end of Barberry off of Big Bend road. From there a road has been built westward along the north side of the tracks where they are building expensive houses. At the end of the road is a circle with a sign "Old Tunnel Hiking Trail" (I think, have to wait till I get the photos backs next Tuesday) and you can walk right up to the east portal (maybe about 500'). They did a real good job clearing out the brush and cleaning it up. The only bad news is the tunnel has been filled with rock and debris and has closed off so there is no way to walk thru it, there is only about 3-foot between the debris and the top of the tunnel. The approach has also been filled in with wood chips and leveled out with the new road so when you walk up to the tunnel only about the top 10-feet are showing. I don't know if they are going to gate off the new new road, it looks like an exclusive community so if you ever wanted to see the old Meramc Tunnel now is your chance. Morning photos would be the best! Roger
     
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  2. RogerRT

    RogerRT Staff Member Staff Member Frisco.org Supporter

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  3. RogerRT

    RogerRT Staff Member Staff Member Frisco.org Supporter

    This is the entrance to the hiking trail at the end of the street. Looking NW 1-11-06.
     

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  4. RogerRT

    RogerRT Staff Member Staff Member Frisco.org Supporter

    This is the sign at the entrance 1-11-06.
     

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  5. RogerRT

    RogerRT Staff Member Staff Member Frisco.org Supporter

    Looking east at the entrance of the hiking trail 1-11-06. You can see the expensive homes that are being built on the old right-of-way.
     

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  6. RogerRT

    RogerRT Staff Member Staff Member Frisco.org Supporter

    Here is what the east portal of the tunnel looks like at the entrance of the hiking trail 1-11-06. The cut has been filled with wood chips so it is a real easy walk. See what I mean when morning shots are the best.
     

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  7. RogerRT

    RogerRT Staff Member Staff Member Frisco.org Supporter

    Looking East from the east tunnel portal 1-11-06.
     

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  8. RogerRT

    RogerRT Staff Member Staff Member Frisco.org Supporter

    East portal 1-11-06.
     

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  9. RogerRT

    RogerRT Staff Member Staff Member Frisco.org Supporter

    Here is some of the brick lining inside of the tunnel 1-11-06.
     

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  10. RogerRT

    RogerRT Staff Member Staff Member Frisco.org Supporter

    The tunnel has been filled with debris so walking thru is impossible. I couldn't imagine anybody crawling over all that junk with all those snakes & bats.
     

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  11. RogerRT

    RogerRT Staff Member Staff Member Frisco.org Supporter

    The west portal is in there somewhere. If anybody wants to see it bring a chainsaw.The Frisco Museum magazine published a photo of this location after the tunnel was bypassed with the double tracking from Lindenwood-Valley Park in 1922.
     

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  12. The West end of the old Meramec Highlands Tunnel 1923 FEM

    FM
     

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  13. HWB

    HWB FRISCO.org Supporter

    This is a really cool post. I enjoyed it. Thanks for all the info.:eek:
     
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  14. klrwhizkid

    klrwhizkid Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    Here are pix I took today at the Meramec Highlands Tunnel. The lady of the house (on the left from the street) was very nice and assured me that the pathway was Kirkwood City Park property.
     

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  15. meteor910

    meteor910 2009 Engineer of the Year Staff Member Frisco.org Supporter

    Keith - What in the world have they piled into the old tunnel ?????

    Ken
     
  16. klrwhizkid

    klrwhizkid Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    It is nearly full of fill - just rock and dirt.
     
  17. WindsorSpring

    WindsorSpring Member

    This is my speculation, only, but the fill could be intended as a deterrent to people going into the potentially dangerous confined space. Of course, the crawl-space at the top of the fill only worsens the problem.

    Former owners did use it for mushroom culture, according to one write-up, but the photos show way too much stuff in there.

    This is another reason to get out in the community, put my ear to the ground and ask a few questions.
     

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