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Posted by: Cheryl ( )
Date: January 11, 2012 09:16AM

I grew up north of Ogden and never heard of the tunnels until a few years ago.

The owner of the Kokomo Club said he pulled out an antique desk and a spittoon from a tunnel during a nearby excavation. One of his longtime customers and his wife took me on a tour of the street and introduced me to several propriators. They claimed to have been down under the streets and some of them said there used to be heroine dens and other illegal activities there. The Kokomo customer showed me a basement staircase which he said led to a tunnel but the owner of that bar wasn't around and we couldn't get permission to take a closer look.

The next day I asked a local book store buyer about the tunnels and she claimed they were a hoax.

Just wondering if anyone have better information?

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Posted by: Cheryl ( )
Date: January 11, 2012 10:29AM


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Posted by: wings not logged in ( )
Date: January 11, 2012 10:42AM

I dated a cheerleader from West High School in about 1968. He worked for KSL changing these big reel to reel tapes in a tunnel under the SL Temple Visitor Center (the old one on temple square.) Steve Benson has mentioned those tunnels here in the past.

I worked at night in downtown SLC after school. I would go to the visitors center and downstairs where the theater was located. If you went to the exhibit of the temple sealing alter, there was a panel wall behind it. One panel was a door you could pop open. It entered the tunnel system that went under the tabernacle and this tape room where he worked at night.

I also had tests run by a doctor on South Temple, as I recall. I was taken down to a tunnel that ran under the street and over to some hospital or lab. That was a long time ago, and I don't remember the details of the exact location.

It never seemed odd to me, but then again, neither did Mormonism when growing up in Utah.

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Posted by: forbiddencokedrinker ( )
Date: January 11, 2012 10:25AM

Doesn't BYU also have an underground tunnel system that connects all its buildings? I know janitorial crews could often move through MTC buildings through underground passages in some cases, but I have heard different stories about how expansive the system is. Is it just a few adjoining buildings connected, or is it a vast underground system?

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Posted by: kimball ( )
Date: January 11, 2012 10:52AM

My older brother says that he used to go into the BYU tunnels when he was a student. Later he took me to his favorite entrance down in a sub-level of the Kimball Tower, but it seemed to have been walled off. He claimed that there was another entrance in the Canon Center cafeteria basement, but that you had to climb over and under machinery to find it.

When I worked in the MTC cafeteria I often looked at the gated and locked entrance in the basement to the tunnel network. It had a lot of what looked like utility conduits running through it, and looked quite dark and cramped.

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Posted by: Crathes ( )
Date: January 11, 2012 11:15AM

I was an inmate the LTM (now MTC) in 1978. Yes, there are tunnels under the entire complex. They are for maintenance. In each dormitory building, on the first floor, are bedrooms that have a trap door in the floor, one on each side of the building. There is also a door in a hallway, typically at the end of the building that opens to a stair case leading underground. These catacombs are all connected. Nothing sinister, just maintenance.

While I was there, we kept a little shrine with photos for each "district". One night, we opened our trap door and took a vacuum cleaner to the room on the other side of the building, plugged it in, flipped the switch, and then quickly left. The next morning at breakfast, the 4 elders were talking about the vacuum that miraculously appeared in their room. LOL!!! One of the few fun moments.

We eventually were busted and hauled before the blood tribunal (ok, the LTM president) and berated for our bad behaviour.

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Posted by: Brother Of Jerry ( )
Date: January 11, 2012 11:44AM

I've been in the ones on the north side of the street. I assume the same sort of thing exists on the south side, but most of the current bars are on the north side.

The train station at the end of the street was a major military transportation hub back in the day, so 25th street was a, um, lively place for soldiers passing through. I got to take a quick look in a basement of one of the clubs - meh, it was a basement. There were buzzers on the top floor to alert people that someone was coming downstairs.

Nice to know that Utah was once upon a time more colorful than, say, State Street in Orem, which I'm sure qualifies as the world's longest strip mall.

BTW, any group of buildings heated via central steam heat is going to have tunnels for the steam pipes. Connected basements in commercial districts is not uncommon either.



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 01/11/2012 11:47AM by Brother Of Jerry.

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Posted by: Cheryl ( )
Date: January 11, 2012 02:52PM

There was loud partying and occasional violence upstairs in the old days, so it must have been a raucul wild time downstairs where the patrons needed buzzers to warn of approaching outsiders.

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Posted by: snb ( )
Date: October 11, 2012 05:52PM

"Nice to know that Utah was once upon a time more colorful than, say, State Street in Orem..."

It still is pretty damn colorful.

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Posted by: Mia ( )
Date: January 11, 2012 03:53PM

Rats make tunnels.

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Posted by: mr greene ( )
Date: October 11, 2012 01:42PM

i live in ogden all my life,an i with other friends ran around those under-ground tunnels when we were 7-10 yrs old,the train depo had a stair well going down to the underground as soon as u get off the train,going under 25th street to the ben an the streets going north-south washington blvd,an from the ben to the show house next door.there was many tunnels in ogden,many of them are filled up now but as a child i know the truth......

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Posted by: Horsefeathers ( )
Date: January 12, 2012 02:10AM

Also tunnels all over under Dixie College.
At least one under the City & County Building in SLC.
Probably more common around the state than most people realize & not always existing for nefarious purposes.

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Posted by: bookratt ( )
Date: October 11, 2012 02:18PM

OSU in Columbus, OH has tunnels like that connecting the entire medical/clinical complex ( dental, pharm, med, optometry schools), most of the parking decks, many of the admin buildings and quite a few of the far flung research labs plus the morgue, police, and newspaper offices, etc.

Maintenance, steam heat/plumbing, moving dead bodies around without alarming street level inhabitants, keeping foot traffic off the street and easier manuevering of people and equipment during bad weather, use by on-campus security during riots and protests, a tornado refuge and old-school bomb shelter, plus hiding DOD reserach stuff were all reasons I was told they were so extensive, when I worked there.

What did they tell you guys about why these tunnels were there?

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Posted by: CSU Provo Student ( )
Date: October 11, 2012 02:26PM

The tunnels at BYU are for the steam heating system from the central heating plant. I have been through several of them back in the 70's. I do not know to what extent they have been decommissioned at this time, however they were in use back then. They were also used for connecting the campus building telephone/computer systems.

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Posted by: snb ( )
Date: October 11, 2012 05:51PM

I lived up there for about five years. Once I was up at the college and snuck into the basement of the library and saw one of them. The other time I was playing a gig at one of the local bars and the other band that was playing had members that were related to the owner. Before our sets we went down and had a peek. It was neat.

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Posted by: Cheryl ( )
Date: October 11, 2012 06:34PM


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