More than 100 years ago, local farmers and ranchers hired on to dig by hand the Cartwright Tunnel for the Great Northern Railroad. It was part of its Montana Eastern Railway, an unfinished rail line that ran west of here in Montana. Using dynamite to loosen the rock and mule-pulled carts, the quarter-mile-long tunnel was carved through Badlands rock.
The Cartwright Tunnel is open for walk-through but take a flashlight if you go. It has a curve that does not allow you to see one end from the other. It gets dark. You can get to the tunnel on Highway 200, just a mile or so inside North Dakota from Montana. Walk through the Fairview Lift Bridge to get to the tunnel. It’s a fun family adventure.
Because it is in danger of collapsing, it may be closed soon if money is not provided to restore the deteriorating features.
Here is where to find more on the Cartwright Tunnel
Here is more on the Cartwright Tunnel
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