|Thurman Conley interview
Larry Bradley interview
Steve Clark interview
|This is an excerpt from an interview of Steve Clark by his nephew, Kevin DeHart(1995).
KEVIN:Describe for me a typical day while building the tunnel?
Thurman Conley is interviewed by his youngest daughter Nancy(1996).
NANCY: Do you remember any interesting or funny things that happened while you were working on the tunnel.
|Lisa: Did you work on the building of the East River Mountain Tunnel?
Mr. Bradley: Yes I did.
Lisa: What did you do there?
Mr. Bradley: I started there as a chuck tender, then went to a carpenter and then worked in the batch plant batching concrete.
Lisa: What is chuck tender?
|Mr. Bradley: A chuck tender then was when you started (the seven hundred feet was nothing but mud and rock and everything had to be put in liner plates.)
Lisa: Where there many difficult tasks to carry out while you worked there?
Mr. Bradley: Oh, yea! There was a lot of them. Everybody had to do everything starting out.
Lisa: Like what?
Mr. Bradley: You carried liner plates, iron workers would bend the steel beams. They'd only drill half of the tunnel at a time.
Lisa: Did you use dynamite?
Mr. Bradley: Not at first you didn't use dynamite because you had to go through mud and rock to get to solid rock.
Lisa: How was it when you used the dynamite?
Mr. Bradley: After you got in to where the solid rock was you had to drill it and everything, then they started using dynamite.
Lisa: What kind of equipment did you use?
Mr. Bradley: Oh, throughout the job there was athy wagons; they turned in the middle, tons at a time. Then you had heavy equipment like loaders; they turned in the middle. Everything had to turn inside the tunnel.
Lisa: What were the conditions down there that you worked in?
Mr. Bradley: Very muddy, water all the time. The East Mountain has a tremendous amount of water mud and dirt and water, that's what you had wore rubber suits all the time and rubber boots.
Would you care to return to the top of the page?
copyright©bland county history archives all rights reserved 2000