The Hoosac Tunnel - Timeline

Below are a series of dates that were extremely important

to the process of creating and finishing the Hoosac Tunnel:


1819: The Hoosac Tunnel was originally proposed as a piece of canal system running from  Boston to Albany.


1851: On January 8th ground was broken on the North Adams side and the quest of constructing the Hoosac Tunnel was underway.


1852: Wilson’s Patented Stone- Cutting Machine was built by Munn and Co. and was used to start demolishing the east side of the mountain. The machine was said to be able to cut a 24 foot tunnel through the entire mountain within 1,556 working days.


1854: During the spring of this year, the Troy & Greenfield Co. signed a contract with Edward W. Serrell & Co, who was later cut off due to a failure to meet required specifications.


1856: Troy & Greenfield is able to secure a contract with Hermann Haupt for $3.9 million.


1862: On August 8th Troy & Greenfield Co. defaulted on their mortgage and could no longer run the project of constructing the Hoosac Tunnel. On September 4th the state took over the project due to the fact that Troy & Greenfield could no longer oversee it.


1863: March 19th the state commission submitted a feasibility report hich put restrictions on the progress of the tunnel.

July 1st, Thomas Doane was names the chief engineer of the Hoosac Tunnel.



1866: Doane hired B.N Farren to create a 500 foot 6-8 layer brick tube on the west side that would hold the deteriorating rock.



1867: August, Mr. Doane quit due to the states persecution of tunneling activities and rising death toll. July 31st, The Central Shaft is halfway finished.


1873: Workers who had been working on both the east and west ends of the tunnel, finally met in the middle. This meant the entire mountain had been cut through.



1875: February 9th, the first train passes through the Hoosac Tunnel.




1876: July 1st, the state officially opened the tunnel.



1899: The Hoosac Tunnel was considered to be completely finished.