The Blue Ridge Tunnel (eBook)

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In one of the greatestengineering feats of his time, Cladius Crozet led the completion of Virginia’sBlue Ridge Tunnel in 1858. Two centuries later, the National Historic CivilEngineering Landmark still proudly stands, but the stories and lives of thosewho built it are the true lasting triumph. Irish immigrants fleeing the GreatHunger poured into America resolute for something to call their own. They wouldpersevere through life in overcrowded shanties and years of blasting throughrock to see the tunnel to completion. Prolific author Mary E. Lyons followsthree Irish families in their struggle to build Crozet’s famed tunnel and theirAmerican dream.

In one of the greatestengineering feats of his time, Cladius Crozet led the completion of Virginia’sBlue Ridge Tunnel in 1858. Two centuries later, the National Historic CivilEngineering Landmark still proudly stands, but the stories and lives of thosewho built it are the true lasting triumph. Irish immigrants fleeing the GreatHunger poured into America resolute for something to call their own. They wouldpersevere through life in overcrowded shanties and years of blasting throughrock to see the tunnel to completion. Prolific author Mary E. Lyons followsthree Irish families in their struggle to build Crozet’s famed tunnel and theirAmerican dream.


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