There’s a Secret Underground Tunnel in New York State
When I was a child, I always wanted to come across a discovery that would be historic. My friends and I were digging through neighbors’ yards looking for buried treasure and eventually realized it would never happen, but the very idea of finding a secret hidden under the ground always captivated me.
If you’re fascinated by underground secrets, you’ll probably find this amazing.
Believe it or not, there is a secret underground tunnel hidden beneath the streets of New York.
It has been named the Atlantic Avenue Tunnel and many have no idea that they walk directly on it every day while strolling the streets.
The tunnel was built in 1844 by Cornelius Vanderbilt in what would be the first attempt at underground.
The story goes that Irish immigrants worked on the tunnel, but when a British contractor made it known that they would need to work on Sundays (missing church in the process), an immigrant shot the contractor, and legend has it that he was buried behind a tunnel wall. Is this body still there today? Or the skeletons of this body?
The tunnel was never completed and closed by workers in the 1850s and went unnoticed until the 1980s when it was rediscovered by a man named Bob Diamond, who had to lower a manhole cover man and drill dirt and brick to reach the tunnel. He stumbled upon his location after looking at old plans.
Tours have been taken but now the tunnel is closed to the public (probably for safety reasons) but there are rumors that there is still an old brass locomotive buried under the ground and somewhere in the old tunnel system.
I think it’s all so fascinating. Imagine being the first, or one of the first, to descend there and rediscover something untouched by humans for 130 years. It’s so cool.
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