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The Railroad Tunnel was started in the early 1880s as part of a railroad that was to connect Flagstaff to Globe. The railroad’s funding dried up and so the tunnel went nowhere. Today it remains as a favored spot for hikers. It can be reached either from a trail via Forest Road 300 on top of the Rim, or under the Rim at the Washington Park trailhead.

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A railroad on the East Verde?

Today it is the home to a pipeline that has the potential to help supply Payson and the surrounding communities with the water they need from Blue Ridge Reservoir.


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