Posted by: Naaman
Hand-carved in the 1880s, the Fishtrap Tunnel (or Jefferson Tunnel) was named such because of its constant flooding.
The tunnel was the site of "The Battle of Jefferson", a July 17, 1908 gun battle between striking coal miners and local law enforcement which caused the governor to deploy the state militia.
Fishtrap was also the site of an incident that would lead to a 1900 Alabama Supreme Court case.
Now it is just a wet, mud-filled hole. Water drips from hundreds of places in the ceiling, which has slowly eroded and the metal which once reinforced it has failed. The rock tunnel is caving in from all sides. Huge chunks of the ceiling can be seen in the clear water.