Cumberland Gap Tip Line
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No Cave Tours or Hensley Tours on September 27
There will be no Gap Cave or Hensley Settlement tours offered on September 27, 2014 due to special Heritage Walk program. For more information please call the park visitor center at (606) 248-2817, extension 1075.
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Eurasian Delegates Visit Cumberland Gap Tunnel
Contact: John Burke, Cumberland Gap Tunnel Authority, (606) 248-0996
On June 22nd, 2007, eighteen delegates from throughout Eurasia, including Russia, the Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, the Kyrgyz Republic, and Azerbaijan, participating in the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Special American Business Internship Training Program (SABIT) for Road Construction toured the Cumberland Gap Highway Tunnel in Cumberland Gap National Historical Park and were provided an orientation to the park and tunnel operations by Superintendent Mark Woods and Tunnel Manager John Burke. Since its opening in October 1996, numerous delegations from throughout the world have toured the tunnel. The tunnel project was a massive design and construction task combining many areas of engineering expertise with innovative construction techniques, which resulted in the creation of twin vehicular tunnels, each nearly a mile in length. The project proved to be one of the Federal Highway Administration’s and National Park Service’s most challenging projects. The completion of the tunnels allowed the NPS to reroute traffic away from the historic Cumberland Gap, the nation’s first doorway to the west, and restore the Gap as closely as possible to its late 1700’s.
Did You Know?
Between 1775 and 1810 some 300,000 settlers crossed Cumberland Gap and began settling the land west of the Appalachians. These brave pioneers were following dreams of prosperity in the wilderness of Kentucky.