posted on Dec, 18 2020 @ 03:25 PM
a reply to: AaarghZombies
Oh, I forgot about one story I have. It's not about a steam line or a storm sewer though, but it is about a tunnel we found once.
As a kid growing up in Wyoming we had this old abandoned plant on the edge of town. I'm pretty sure it was an old power plant, but it had been
abandoned ever since I was aware of it. One day me and a couple friends decided to do some urban exploring inside. When we got inside the plant was
mostly empty, just this giant building with nothing in it.
In the middle of the floor there was this large rectangular opening which turned out to be a stairway down to a lower underground level. We'd been in
the building a couple times, but no one was brave enough to go down the stairs to the lower level. There were several reasons why. For one thing the
stairway was very long and made out of concrete with no handrailings on it, just the stairs that's it. We couldn't tell if the stairway was safe, and
it was a LONG way down too, like 40 feet or more! The other reason we were skeered was it was dark as the inside of a cow down there. It was so dark
you couldn't even really see the bottom of the stairs, and we had no idea what was down there.
One day we came back with some good flashlights and the sole intention of checking out the lower level of this plant. One at a time we went down the
stairs. Probably should have used ropes for safety, but we were young and dumb. The stairway held. The space in the basement was not empty like the
floor above. It was full of all this giant iron machinery. Had no idea what any of it did. I imagine they left it because it was just too big and
difficult to remove. An iron scrap guy would have been in heaven seeing all of this. So we explored all around on this lower level and that was
At one point we came to this giant circular opening in the exterior concrete foundation wall about 4 feet off the floor. The circular opening was
about 10' feet in diameter. We looked inside of it and it looked like this really long tunnel. Couldn't see the end of it. We managed to get inside
the tunnel and started walking down inside it. It was smooth concrete almost like a giant drainage pipe, but it couldn't be that because who would
ever drain water into their machine room?
We walked down this tunnel so far we couldn't see the entrance any longer. It was empty. It was pretty creepy too. We never knew if some critter
was going to come racing out of the darkness at any second. We went as far as we dared to go and found nothing, just an empty dark concrete tunnel
seemingly to nowhere. It was pretty spooky.
For years I asked all the old timers around town what that tunnel was and no one knew about it. While I was away at college they tore the old plant
down and blasted the tunnel closed. To this day I have no idea what the purpose of the tunnel was, or where it went.