West Virginia is a mere part of the Appalachian chain. Sideling Hill is part of the Allegheny Mountains of the Appalachian Mountain Range. (Also considered part of the Ridge-and-valley Appalachians). It traverses West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania and rises to its highest elevation of 2,301 feet. ~~~~~~~~~ The Sideling Hill road cut is a 340-foot deep road cut where Interstate 68 cuts through Sideling Hill, about 6 miles west of Hancock in Washington County, Maryland.
It would be difficult to say how many times we have passed this cut but on all of those times I have always been in awe of the rocks and the history behind it all. This trip brought to fruition that quest.
A tunnel through Sideling Hill is currently in its third phase of life. In the 1880s, a tunnel was partially bored through the mountain near Breezewood, Pennsylvania by the South Pennsylvania Railroad. The railroad project ceased, and the tunnel was left abandoned. When the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission began constructing the Pennsylvania Turnpike on the right-of-way of the old South Pennsylvania Railroad in the 1930s, the tunnel was completed.
My Sister-in-law and I wanted to stop and explore the Exhibit Center on our return trip home. We learned a lot which is always a GOOD thing. The Geology of the Sideling Hill Road Cut Road Cut. So while my Sweetie was on the more southern part of the Appalachians his sister and I explored in another area…
...so we were together in a sense…