THE BLUE GHOST TUNNEL

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LOCATION: ST. CATHARINES, ONTARIO CANADA
QUICK FACTS: LOCATED BEHIND GM PLANT, SITE OF MANY ACCIDENTS OVER
100 YEARS AGO
The Blue Ghost Tunnel, better known as the Merritton Tunnel and The Great Western Railway Tunnel was built in the 1870’s, so a little older than the Screaming Tunnel. The tunnel was created to provide a passageway for trains to run just below the third canal. The tunnel was in functional use up until around the start of the first World War and then was no longer used by The Great Western Railway. The tunnel was replaced by a swing bridge. Like tunnels in the Niagara Region, bridges are very popular as well. These too are created for the purpose of the Welland Canal.

In the early 1900’s, there was a major train wreckage adjacent to the tunnel claiming the life of two men. By the 1920’s, accidents close-by at the canal claimed anywhere from 20-28 more lives. For whatever reason, one ghost or ghosts from the train wreck/canal accidents decided to stick around. And like the colour implies, it is a blue ghost(s)! For decades, people visiting the tunnel claimed to see a bluish foggy mist swirl in and
around the mouth of the tunnel.

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