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Route 75 Tunnel - Ironton, Ohio

In the Ohio River community of Ironton, Ohio, there is a former road tunnel that has a haunted legend to it. This tunnel was formerly numbered OH 75 (hence the name Route 75 Tunnel), which was renumbered as OH 93 due to I-75 being built in the state. Built in 1866, it is 165 feet long and once served as the northern entrance into Ironton, originally for horses and buggies and later for cars. As the tunnel predated the motor vehicle era, it was too narrow for cars to be traveling in both directions. But once US 52 was built in the area, OH 93 was realigned to go around the tunnel instead of through the tunnel, so the tunnel was closed to traffic in 1960.

The legend of the haunted tunnel states that since there were so many accidents that took place inside the tunnel's narrow walls, the tunnel was cursed. The haunted legend states that there was an accident between a tanker truck and a school bus coming home after a high school football game on a cold, foggy Halloween night in 1959…

La Gloria Road and Gloria Road; descending the ridge the Gabilan Range to Salinas Valley

This January I visited the eastern annex of Pinnacles National Park in San Benito County.  Given that I had driven almost conceivable roadway in the Gabilan Range and Diablo Range I wanted to something new.  I found what I was looking for on the dirt grades of La Gloria Road and Gloria Road headed west through the Gabilan Range to Salinas Valley.



Part 1; the background of La Gloria Road and Gloria Road

La Gloria Road and Gloria Road function as a singular highway which connects CA 25 in San Benito County west to US Route 101 in Monterey County.  Within San Benito County the route of La Gloria Road is maintained as County Road 116.  La Gloria Road west of CA 25 crosses through Bickmore Canyon and Willamson Valley approximately 8 miles to the Monterey County Line at the crest of the Gabilan Range.  Upon entering Monterey County the through route is signed as Gloria Road.  Gloria Road descends from an elevation of approximately 2,300 feet above sea level to 1,000 feet above sea level in 5…