Vandals spray paint historic Nada Tunnel in Daniel Boone National Forest

Published: Feb. 11, 2020 at 12:39 PM EST
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Forest Service officials are looking for people who vandalized a historic tunnel and a restroom.

At some point last week, vandals hit the Red River Gorge in the Daniel Boone National Forest.

Forest Service officials said the historic Nada Tunnel, an old railroad tunnel built more than 100 years ago, was spray painted.

The restroom facility at the end of Tunnel Ridge Road was also spray painted.

"The vast majority of people don't do this. Unfortunately, it only takes one or two to cause a lot of damage," Public Affairs Staff Officer Tim Eling told sister station WKYT. "It's like taking a page out of a history book and throwing it away, because it could have irreparable damage."

Repairing the damage is costly, especially when that money should be used for regular upkeep of the park.

"If we have to replace it, that's a $1,000, then there's often two, that's $2,000," Eling said. "We have picnic tables that can rot, signs that fade."

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Daniel Boone National Forest on Facebook through a private message or call the office headquarters in Winchester at 859-745-3100.

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