The Dunleith Bore-1871
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Date: 12/12/2017 at 20:07:12
Dubuque Daily Times, Thursday, September 07, 1871, Dubuque, Iowa, Page: 4
The Dunleith Bore- The Illinois Central Company is doing a good job in the tunnel at Dunleith. They have a force at work lining up each side of the long dark chamber with solid stone and brick mason work. The wall being built is between two to four feet thick, according to the indentations in the “primeval rocks,” against which it is built. The stone part of the work will be thirteen feet high from the base, eleven feet above the rails, and this will be surmounted by a wall of brick. The space to be walled up this season is 450 feet, having at both the north and south ends a space of 200 feet to be faced up next season. The work was begun on the 16 ult. under the superintendence of Mr. Frank Egan. He has 13 stone-layers employed, and these require 14 men to prepare mortar and bring in mortar and stone. The stone is brought from a quarry up near the State line, and 8 men are employed there, with four teamster to haul the rocks. The work thus far has the appearance of being well and thoroughly executed. It is intended to be finished before the 1st of November.
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