The Screaming Tunnel – Niagara Falls, Canada
Before leaving Canada, there is the strange case of a place close to Niagara Falls to report, known as the Screaming Tunnel. It was originally intended as a rail tunnel, but the Grand Trunk Railroad went bankrupt after the First World War, and although the tunnel was finished in time, the tracks were never laid down. rumor has it that one day and old farmhouse to the south of the tunnel became engulfed in flames.
A young girl fled from the building, her clothes on fire, and ran towards the tunnel, throwing herself on the ground in an attempt to extinguish the flames.
The other version of the story is that, after a quarrel concerning her parents’ divorce, her father set the girl on fire while in the tunnel; since then, anyone striking a match will hear piercing screams until the match is extinguished.
The tunnel is located just off Warner Road and is one of Niagara Falls’ most enduring legends. It’s made of rough-cut stone and measures 16 feet high by 125 long. This is an imposing dark structure, and at night it transforms into a black portal that would create anxiety on any who disappear into the darkness, but why such fear, and why a wooden match? Such is its local notoriety that the Screaming Tunnel was used during the filming of David Cronenberg’s 1983 adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dead Zone. The location was used as the place where Christopher Walken’s character sought temporary refuge.
This small limestone tunnel runs under the railway tracks that link Niagara Falls to Toronto and New York City.
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