The Claustrophobic Confines of Winston Tunnel

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[Mysteriousheartland.com] The entrance to the Winston Tunnel, covered with iron bars like a gatehouse in a medieval dungeon, sits deep in the woods several miles southwest of Galena, Illinois, just off Blackjack Road, near the tiny community of Rice.  It has sat empty since 1971, and nothing but a few intrepid explorers and the rattlesnakes […]

A Harrowing Encounter in Winston Tunnel

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In front of the duo was an endless tunnel of darkness. Behind them, the tunnel entrance glowed almost unbearably bright, the bars that covered the opening only very briefly interrupting the sunlight. Greg and Davin slowly clawed their way forward, using the slippery cement wall as a guide. Davin clutched at Greg’s shirt sleeve, but […]

Winston Tunnel and its Secrets

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The new issue of the Legends and Lore of Illinois has arrived! This issue, available to download in .pdf (1.4 mb), takes you to the Winston Tunnel, once the longest railroad tunnel in the state and now a forgotten landmark buried deep within the hills of northwestern Illinois. At 2,493 feet, the Winston Tunnel was […]

Exploring the Mysteries of Winston Tunnel

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By Michael Kleen, trueillinoishaunts.com The entrance to the Winston Tunnel, covered with iron bars like a gatehouse in a medieval dungeon, sits deep in the woods several miles southwest of Galena near the tiny community of Rice.  It has sat empty since 1971, and nothing but the rattlesnakes that make their nests in the damp […]

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