Glenwood Springs, CO Derrick Kills Tunnel-Builder, Aug 1908

Washington Democrat newspaper, Washington, IN
Thursday 13 August 1908; Front Page, Column 5


Derrick Falls and Guy Wire Crushes Skull of Charles E. HIGBEE

Denver, Col., Aug. 13.—Charles E. HIGBEE, aged 62 years, of this city, one of the world's most noted tunnel builders, was almost instantly killed Tuesday night at Shoshone, a camp of the Central Colorado Power Co., 12 miles east of Glenwood Springs, Colorado.

The fatal accident was caused by the breaking of a derrick. A guy wire struck Mr. HIGBEE, crushing his skull.

According to reliable information, Mr. HIGBEE had constructed forty-nine of the world's greatest tunnels.

In the construction of the Simpion tunnel, in Italy, he Is said to have broken the world's record for fast boring.

He planned and executed the Tennessee Pass* tunnel on the Denver & Rio Grande railroad.

*From Wikipedia - Tennessee Pass elevation 10,424 ft (3,177 m) is a high mountain pass in the Rocky Mountains of central Colorado in the United States.
The pass traverses the continental divide north of Leadville in a gap between the northern end of the Sawatch Range to the west and the northern end of the Mosquito Range to the east. It connects the headwaters of the Arkansas River to the south with the upper valley of the Eagle River (in the watershed of the Colorado River) to the north. The pass is traversed by U.S. Highway 24, allowing access between Leadville and Interstate 70 in the Eagle Valley. The pass has a gentle approach on both sides with few steep gradients and no major hairpin curves. The summit of the pass is nearly level. The road over the pass is generally open all year round, easily negotiable by most vehicles, and closes only during severe winter storms.

Charles E. Higbee
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