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Manunka Chunk Tunnels

Posted by Stu On January - 22 - 2007

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This is somewhere I’d heard about for years but simply never got to. We considered adding it to our itinerary during our recent PA trip, but the weather made us change our mind.

The Manunka Chunk tunnels are abandoned railroad tunnels that run through a hill in Warren County. You have to hike a bit up the hill from the road to reach the entrance. The twin tunnels run parallel to each other and are roughly 300 yards long. They flood pretty easily, and of course we decided to go after some decent rainfall.

Inside, we noticed much of the celing has since collapsed, at times forming a side path that let us avoid most of the water. The tunnels also curve, so the light from the entrance quickly vanishes. The end of the tunnel takes a while to appear as well. My lantern was much more helpful than the 2 flashlights we brought.

Halfway through the right tunnel, I noticed something shiny up ahead. Getting closer, I noticed it was starting to look like a hat. If it was a hat, then something had to be wearing it. But what? We got closer, and something was indeed in front of us with a hat on:

I have no idea who put this here, but bravo. Nice prop. Almost got us jumpy.

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Old Mine Road

Posted by Stu On May - 20 - 2005

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Lots of pics; let ‘em load.

Old Mine Road runs through much of the Northwest corner of the state, mostly along the Delaware River. We found 3 points of interest so far within Warren County: the 3 minute traffic light, stone ruins of some buildings on the side of a mountain, and a group of abandoned houses.

Sitting at this light is probably the longest 3 minutes you’ll ever feel. Not too sure why, but it just draaaaags.

Not too far past the light was our first goal – ruins of what appears to be a house, or group of houses.

The fountain was what I liked most about this place. Behind all the foundations we found a lot of glass jars & bottles. We figured this was a party place, until we looked at the bottles. Some were the old-fashioned thick glass Pepsi bottles, so the litter’s been here a while.

Up next was a group of abandoned houses right along the river. All have “No Entry” signs on them, which we noticed was because some had no floors or paper-thin floors. Look at this house….the floor is completely gone.

Most looked like they were in OK shape. One garage still had a nice-looking tow truck in it. One house had a satellite dish, so this area hasn’t been empty all that long.

One door was open on a house so we leaned in to get a pic of the room. The floor here was almost non-existent.

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Shades of Death Road

Posted by Stu On November - 20 - 2004

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Shades of Death Road is much like Clinton Road, except it sucks more. It’s a road with a scary name.
Hide your virgins.

In all honesty, there were two points of interest on the road: what looked like the remains of a well on the side of the road; and some garage that has collapsed on itself. That’s about it. There are a lot of nice houses on Shades, but I don’t like rich people very much because I’m not one.

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Paulinskill Viaduct

Posted by Stu On April - 20 - 2004

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I’ve heard about this one for years. I was happy to finally get to it. I must say it was much bigger than I expected.
The viaduct is an old railroad tressel that goes over the Paulinskill River. I’m not sure how long it’s been out of commission, but it was built between 1908 and 1910.


Right near the base we found an old foundation. I’m not sure what it was, but it probably was for the viaduct.

Not a whole lot on the top, other than a nice view. You can see the remains of the tracks as well.
There were kids with quads on the top…no idea how they got up there.

Most of the arches have ‘artwork’ in them….some of it was actually pretty good.

The arches have iron rails in them. At the base of each arch is a small dark room which leads to the next arch.

One of the ‘chambers’ had a cable tied across to help you walk through it. In this same room, the floor was a sheet of ice.

All in all, this was a good trip and am glad I finally got to see it. Most exercise I’ve gotten in a while too.

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