August 16th, 2009

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Abandoned Railway Tunnel at Wright's Station

In California's Santa Cruz Mountains lie a number of abandoned ghost towns and railway tunnels dating from the late 19th century, and mostly abandoned by the time World War II closed. In total, there are about eight railway tunnel portals. Some of these are right off the road if you know where to look, others require hiking and knowing exactly where to find them.

The photos here are from the Facebook Misplaced Places group's trip out to Wright's Station, the northernmost waystation and railway portal before the railway that cut across the mountains from Santa Cruz reached Los Gatos and Saratoga. The bridge is from the time of the town - a modern road now cuts across it. The train tunnel portal and railway bridge supports are slightly off the road, hidden in the lush greenery of the Santa Cruz Mountains.

This portal was also the site of an accidental explosion during construction that took the lives of several dozen Chinese worker. An old abandoned Chinese graveyard is supposedly up in the hills somewhere, overgrown and lost.

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