The OES originally visited Haydenville Tunnel on April 27, 2002, but we have since returned numerous times. Known as Ohio's last company town, Haydenville is a small town just off US Route 33 a few miles south of Logan. Founded in 1852 by industrialist Peter Hayden, his wish was to run an iron smelting business. After a coal furnace was erected in 1856, many mines and tunnels were dug into the hillside to gain access to the rich iron ore, coal and clay deep within. The Hayden family sold the village, land, mines, and factory to the National Fire Proofing Company of Pittsburgh in 1902 for $75,000. NATCO continued to operate the business until 1964, when the village was sold to a Pennsylvania businessman.
Haydenville Tunnel was built over 100 years ago to allow clay mined a few miles away to be easily transported to Haydenville's large brick factory. It was abandoned in 1957 and has not been used since. The tunnel extended some distance beyond where it ended on our visit. The first 120 yards of the tunnel were made of brick tiles that formed an archway. When this stretch of tunnel came to an end, the tunnel's shape became square with brick tiles serving as the walls with spaced wood planks and natural rock forming the ceiling. This portion of the tunnel extended about 30 yards to the point where the tunnel had collapsed some time ago. According to old topographic maps, the tunnel's entire length was about 960 feet. We have noticed new damage in the tunnel during return trips that could result in another collapse and therefore consider the tunnel extremely dangerous and unstable. We do not advise anyone to enter the tunnel as another collapse is probably eminent.
Haydenville Tunnel is reportedly haunted by workers who were supposedly killed there during its construction. It may also be haunted by the spirit of a girl in her late teens to early twenties. We did not record or experience anything unusual during our first trip to the tunnel, but we have experienced something strange on almost every return visit. We have recorded several EVPs on various trips to the tunnel, including a voice that screamed "No, not that tunnel," near the collapsed section in June 2003. OES co-founder Jay Maynard was touched by something unseen near the tunnel's entrance during that visit as well. During the summer of 2005, the OES, along with the Central Ohio Paranormal Society, recorded several EVPs and photographed a possible apparition. One person was touched on the arm twice during that trip and an EVP was recorded saying, "That's her arm I'm touching. That's her arm."
Thanks to Shannon and Rodney for giving us our first tour of Haydenville Tunnel.