Negro Mountain Tunnel

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Negro Mountain Tunnel
County Somerset
Opened Never used for Turnpike
South Penn Railroad
Number 7
Planned Length 1,100 ft
Heading Completed 734 ft

Negro Mountain Tunnel is an unfinished South Penn Railroad tunnel. Unlike Quemahoning Tunnel, which was eventually finished and used for trains, and the seven original Turnpike tunnels, Negro Mountain was never completed and never used for vehicular traffic at all. It was decided by the Turnpike survey that a rock cut would be more cost-effective than finishing the tunnel.


The racial epithet, while not a derogatory term in this proper form, causes the mountain's name to be considered rather crass by modern standards. Negro Mountain is one of the ridges of the Allegheny Mountains. Its summit, Mount Davis, is actually the highest point in Pennsylvania. There are several stories of how it got its name, mostly revolving around a Negro man accompanying a group of whites, killed by Native Americans during the French and Indian War.

Proposals have been put forward to rename the mountain, both in Pennsylvania and Maryland, but have not passed.

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