Meet William “Burro” Schmidt – the man who spent 38 years digging a tunnel to nowhere.
Back in 1906 Mr. Schmidt was diagnosed with tuberculosis and, according to his doctors, didn’t have long to live. He moved to the Mojave Desert in a bid to improve his health and started digging a tunnel in one of the mountains with the help of a rail car, dynamite and two burros. He worked alone and funded his materials with by taking on some casual work in the area when necessary. He dug his tunnel one foot at a time for 38 whole years, managing to reach half a mile into the mountain before his death at the age of 82.
Many locals and tourists believed Schmidt was actually mentally unstable. Others think he did it just for the fun of it, which also hints he could have been crazy. However, some historians have a theory that the tunnel kept him going. According to them, The Burro believed that as long as he kept digging, he would keep living.