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Blue Ghost Tunnel Part 8

Part 8 of a collection about the Merritton Train Tunnel that runs under the 3rd Welland Canal. Look forward to more newspaper clippings, photos and videos from what is now known as, The Blue Ghost Tunnel.

Below are some letters to the editor in response to the St. Catharines Standard article titled “Black Hole Into History“.

Name: Amanda
Date: 10/4/2005
Comment: This is feedback in response to the article that was published on Friday, September 30, 2005: “Black Hole into History” about the Blue Ghost Tunnel. I just found out yesterday from my sister that the tunnel is being sealed up. When asked why, she said that there was an article in the paper about it. Today I read the article and it blew my mind because it talks about making it a park, and going to museums and other things to preserve this piece of history for the people of Niagara. I know this is not true, for the construction to seal off of the blue Ghost Tunnel began yesterday. That is not fair to people who wish to fight the Seaway’s decision and find a way to save history, and the fact that it has not even been a week angers me. I have taken pictures there, and I used a shot of the tunnel in my portfolio for an interview for the Creative Photography program at Humber College which I am now enrolled in. The Blue Ghost
Tunnel is a beautiful place and having it sealed up breaks my heart, as I am in Toronto and cannot even be home to help fight to preserve the Blue Ghost Tunnel, which is an amazing piece of Niagara’s history. Why couldn’t they have given more time for the citizens of Niagara to fight for it?

Name: Stephanie Murray
Date: 10/4/2005
Comment: In regards to your article “Black Hole into History” about the Blue Ghost Tunnel: I find it extremely offensive that your article was published on Friday September 30th, and the Seaway started sealing up the Tunnel on Monday morning, leaving anyone who wanted to offer alternate solutions or a chance to try and save the historic tunnel less than three days in which to protest. As someone who has hiked down to the tunnel on various occasions, I must say that a hike in the Niagara Gorge is far more dangerous even during the day than the hike to the Blue Ghost Tunnel is at night, but no-one seems to be sealing up the Niagara Gorge. I understand that it is an issue of liability, but what happened to the plans of Bruce Timms? Wasn’t he going to pitch an idea to Ottawa about giving all of the old canal lands in Niagara a federal historical designation? Did he manage to do that in the three days before the Seaway started walling up the Blue Ghost Tunnel? The Seaway is sealing off a beatiful piece of Niagara’s history, and hasn’t even given the citizens of Niagara a chance to state their opinions on the matter. While blocking up the Tunnel is a quick-fix, cheap solution for the St. Lawrence Seaway, I can’t see them getting sued in a period of three days. Couldn’t they have waited a little longer? With the pitch and a detailed report by the Niagara regional council still a few months away, the Seaway has already negated any attempts on the part of Niagara to save the historical site of the Blue Ghost Tunnel. So basically if the idea gets pitched and the federal government accepts, it will essentially be pointless, because I doubt that the beautiful structure of the Blue Ghost Tunnel would stand up very well to having the concrete seal broken down if the debate turns in favour of preserving it. But then again, it’s probably cheaper and faster to be small-minded, and to just wall it up and not let people in.

Name: Megan
Date: 10/7/2005
Comment: Concering the Blue Ghost tunnel. I don’t see how they can do this! It’s a historical landmark, and none of the historians did anything about it.
Think about it people…They are not only destroying our history, preventing others from enjoying the tunnel, which is, I might add, a TOURIST ATRRACTION…but how do you think the spirits of those that died in there feel? What about the Screaming tunnel? are people going to close that too? And to let everyone know…I am 16 and an active member in our community, I go down to the Tunnel usually every hallowe’en and bring people that have never been…there hasn’t been any partying down there the times I’ve gone..and now your destroying it for people in our area that have yet to see it.

Name: James
Date: 10/17/2005
Comment: I am disgusted with the sealing of the Tunnel (blue Ghost) and the signs that have been put up. We are tax payers that pay for the government to buy land or own land for us and the seaway is supposed to take care of it but it was not in public intrest to seal the tunnel when there was so much more for them to have taken care of lets say the roads, and all the trash in the streets, more patrols of the teens drinking lets put the money to proper use instead of wasteful things. they have destroyed the tunnel which is destroying history putting holes in the structure.

Also see: Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16

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  1. Sherry says:

    does anyone know how to find the blue ghosts tunnel?

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