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Find may be the first railway tunnel

Schenectady County and City Historian Don Rittner  points to the western wall of a railroad tunnel built in 1831 near the Stockade Inn in Schenectady after the wall was excavated Wednesday afternoon.
Photographer: Barry Sloan
Schenectady County and City Historian Don Rittner points to the western wall of a railroad tunnel built in 1831 near the Stockade Inn in Schenectady after the wall was excavated Wednesday afternoon.
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City Historian Don Rittner has finally found what he says is the country’s first rudimentary railroad tunnel, buried in the center of the historic Stockade district. The 15-foot-deep tunnel snakes its way across what are now a dozen or more private backyards. But in 1832, that land was a major thoroughfare — the foundation of the city’s prosperity and growth for the next century. Hundreds of business owners and daring families rode through the tunnel ...

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