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Green Man’s Tunnel

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– photo by Mitch Waxman

An urban legend which I had become aware of all the way back in 1980’s Brooklyn was Pittsburgh’s “Green Man,” aka “Charlie No Face.” This urban legend is based around a real person, one who suffered a horrific disfigurement as a child. His name was Raymond Robinson.

There’s an abandoned tunnel nearby Peters Creek in South Park Township which is colloquially known as the “Green Man’s Tunnel,” and is associated with the legend, so I decided to drive over and wave the camera around a bit at the thing. It’s an old rail tunnel, built by the B&O Railroad, and its given name is the Piney Fork Tunnel.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

This is an obvious spot for spooky high school kids to gather in the name of drinking beer and smoking the devil’s cabbage, and the place was thereby covered in graffiti. On the ground in front of the tunnel was the graffiti pictured above, which is written in a “magickal” script. That’s “magic” with a “K,” so it’s book shop “Magick” in the Aleister Crowley mode. So goth.

“As above, so below” reads the only English part of this screed. There’s also a couple of numbers – (40.3026395) & (-79.9795603). These are GPS coordinates, if you don’t recognize the format. Those coordinates point at and lead to the Bruceton Research Mine, a Federal facility not terribly far from this tunnel whose history and occupation is conspiracy theory fodder. It includes the Manhattan Project, back during WW2, and both the CDC and the Federal Energy Dept. supposedly have ongoing modern operations there.

Spooky, and so goth.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

I couldn’t be bothered to climb up and look in the tunnel, although I’ve heard stories that there are abandoned cars within. Legends.

There was a nearby body of flowing water which I also wanted to point the camera at, but I decided to scuttle about a bit. See if there was any other graffiti of interest, and look around for evidences of altars or ritual circles. You used to see this sort of thing along Manhattan’s Lower East Side and Brooklyn’s Jamaica Bay coastline back in the 1980’s, but the Santeria people replaced the long greasy hair and black T-Shirt crowd in the early 1990’s. I’m usually fascinated by these sort of ritual leave behinds when they’re encountered, and am always on the lookout for them when moving around in these sort of off the beaten path sites.

On a related note: I was observing a ritual site back in Astoria at St. Michael’s Cemetery for a while in the mid 2010’s – check out “City of Marble and Beryl“, “Effulgent Valleys“, “Strange Prayers” and “pounding on the rocks.”

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Unfortunately, the sort of iconography pictured above was spotted in a few places. On the ground, too. This ain’t the nice version associated with Buddhism, that one is set on a counter clockwise rotation, this is the Nazi version. Probably kid stuff, but Nazi types do exist out here. So do the Crips, the Bloods, and a whole lot of other stuff I don’t want to get anywhere close to. Wackadoodles abound.

Nazis? How retro. has a cool post about this spot which shows the tunnel prior to being filled in. The fill is road salt.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

A second tunnel is punched through the landform which the Green Man’s Tunnel is contained in. I was walking on a section of the Montour Rail Trail in the shot above, which I burned down a mile or so of before doubling back to cross the road over to the Peters Creek waterway which had drawn my photo interest upon arriving here.

That’s one heck of a crap design for a road at that modern tunnel, by the way. Two blind turns coupled with two way traffic. Everybody who drove into it did so while honking their horn to signal their presence to traffic coming from the opposing direction. This one is officially the “Piney Creek Tunnel,” but the Pittsburghers whom I’ve asked about the place instead refer to it as the Corvette Tunnel.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

While scuttling along and kicking the dirt a bit, I once again became fascinated by a high tension electrical tower and the treeless corridor it occupied. I wonder how much it costs to manicure back the encroachment of forest on this multiple mile pathway. At any rate, I doubled back towards where I had parked the car and the spot on Peters Creek, flowing alongside the Corvette and Green Man’s Tunnel, which had piqued my interests.

Back tomorrow with some pix from Peters Creek.

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Written by Mitch Waxman

April 10, 2023 at 11:00 am

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