On Thursday, January 29, 1948, the Mountain Eagle newspaper of Whitesburg , Kentucky, reported that, on the following Tuesday, the first train would travel through the 3, 600 feet of tunnel bored through the the 3/4 mile high, linear-straight razor of a Mountain called Pine. It would travel from Jenkins, Kentucky, to the coal fields around Pound, Virginia, where coal seams were reputed to be 15 feet in thickness! Within 10 years, those coal mines would play out and the tunnel was closed. There are some efforts to reopen a portion as a tourist attraction. It is certainly worthy of that Historical-Geological-Hiking designation!
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