Release Date: 5/3/2017

History of Tunneling in the United States

A dynamic new SME publication

As the leading international resource for technical information about mining and related industries, the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc. (SME) is pleased to announce the availability of The History of Tunneling in the United States. This new publication examines 200 years of solving some of the nation’s most pressing and dangerous tunneling problems.

SME Executive Director David L. Kanagy stated, “This publication will help the reader understand the complex challenges and remarkable successes that tunneling experts have achieved. SME is pleased to include this outstanding book in its ever-expanding library of scientific and technical support for members and nonmembers alike.”

Whether burrowing through mountains, or under urban environments and lakes, The History of Tunneling in the United States relates a fascinating story told by industry experts, and illustrated with museum-worthy historical photographs and drawings. Contents include:

  • A Timeline of Tunnel Milestones
  • The Building of a Nation
  • Societal Benefits
  • Railroad Tunnels
  • Transit Tunnels
  • Highway Tunnels
  • Water Tunnels
  • Innovations in Tunneling
  • The Future of Tunneling

Order this beautifully illustrated publication from the SME Bookstore at

The Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc. (SME) is a professional society (nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation) whose more than 15,000 membership represents all professionals serving the minerals industry in more than 100 countries. SME members include engineers, geologists, metallurgists, educators, students and researchers. SME advances the worldwide mining and underground construction community through information exchange and professional development. SME's staff is located in Englewood, Colorado.

For more information contact Jackie Dorr, Communications Manager, at (303) 948-4244 or

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