I read recently a story in the NYTimes about an old underground railroad tunnel from the 1840's that has been unearthed. This is a REAL railroad tunnel, not the euphemistic safe house for escaping slaves. Its located under Atlantic Avenue and was sealed up around 1900. One guy believes there is still an original wood-burning locomotive under there as well.
This reminded me of some other stories I have read. Like Burlington, Britain. Built in the 1950s in a former stone quarry, Burlington covers 240 acres and has a network of around 60 miles of roads. It was built as a survival city in the event of a nuclear war: http://www.environmentalgraffiti.com...ound-city/5162The tunnel, built in 1844 by the Long Island Rail Road, ceased operation before the Civil War. But it has inspired stories about everything from German spies to lady pirates and bootleg booze…Mr. Diamond is pursuing plans to dig up an abandoned wood-burning locomotive he believes is hidden behind a wall under Atlantic Avenue and Hicks Street.
Or how about Derinkuyu and its ancient underground safehouse city in Turkey: http://coilhouse.net/2008/12/19/unde...nto-derinkuyu/Code named Burlington, the immense city was set to be the seat of the emergency Government during the war; should nukes be involved. Created to house the Prime Minister of the time, Harold McMillan, the entire Cabinet Office, civil servants and any support staff, the hidden city could accommodate up to 4,000 personnel, but, unfortunately, not their families. Apparently, the site was so secret that many of the workers had no idea they were allocated a desk.
Oh, oh, and the secret city underneath Leavenworth, Kansas that may have been used during prohibition: http://www.propeller.com/story/2008/...erground-city/Spelunking archeologists found a maze of connecting chambers that descended at least 18 stories and 280 feet beneath the surface, ample enough to hold 30,000 people – and much remains to be excavated. One tunnel, wide enough for three people walking abreast, connects to another underground town six miles away. Other passages suggest that at one time all of Cappadocia, above and below the ground, was linked by a hidden network.
This site has pics and stories from a few other similar forgotten places: http://www.undercity.org/photos/photos.htmFor years, residents of Leavenworth, Kansas, have been unknowingly walking around above an underground city, and no one seems to know who created it or why. Windows, doors, and narrow paths beneath a title company at South Fourth and Delaware streets lead to storefronts stretching several city blocks and perhaps beyond.
This got me thinking about what other hidden treasures might lie beneath our cities. Does your city have any secret tunnels, gangster hideouts, or the like? Was it built on top some other older city or settlement? Hollow mountains? Secret silos? Have at it.