Thursday, January 1, 2015
Two New Underground Cities to Report
(Awesome picture from agentsofurbanism.com.)
It seems that some states are luckier than others when it comes to secret underground cities. I recently discovered that Kansas has not one but TWO!
The first can be found under the sleepy town of Leavenworth. The article I read doesn't offer much information, but from what I gather, a stretch of underground storefronts can be accessed through the basement of a tile company. Though the tunnels are clearly old, no one can agree on why they were built--or who might have built them. Some say they were created to hide fugitive slaves, others think they were used to run liquor during prohibition. In either case, I wish I could find some better pictures!
The second underground city is beneath Ellinwood, Kansas. Actually, it's more of an underground village, since it now consists of two long tunnels and three rooms built sometime in the 1850s. (Apparently it was once much bigger.) You can find an interesting guide with pictures here.
So our list of American Shadow Cities grows! Here are the ones I've discovered so far . . .
New York (of course!)
Am I missing any? (Of course the list of international Shadow Cities is much longer. I just found out that Beijing has one, too! More on that later.)