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Telephone Tunnel?

April 23, 2011

In the basement, along the west wall, is the old telephone cable vault. There is a heavy fire door with a counter weighted closer. It makes creepy noises when it is pulled open, worthy of a slasher movie.

Cable Vault Door

Wonder what part of the cables would have been flammable?

Inside the vault, there is a section of the foundation wall where the phone lines came into the building.

Foundation wall telephone line entry point into the cable vault

There are cut conduits visible that have been filled with concrete. Outside, there is a manhole in Colorado Avenue that is labeled “Bell System”.

The manhole lines up with the hole in the foundation

So, if we open this up, is there a tunnel to our basement? Could we have a secret passageway at the BAB?

Could this be our secret access to the BAB?

How cool would that be!?! For the past year we’ve been wondering if it could be true. We got a chance to answer the question!

Our chance to find out!

Yesterday, Tom saw a Southwestern Bell truck outside and noticed that they were working in that manhole. He approached the worker and tried to explain why he would be interested in this particular manhole, without sounding too crazy. So, is there a tunnel still there? No. Maybe I’ve been watching too many action movies. But I still think that would have been great. If the potential secret tunnel had been there, do you think we would have put it in the blog? 🙂

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Tom Finan permalink
    April 26, 2011 2:56 pm

    VERY cool. Having rehabbed a drugstore and warehouse/loft and had my office in a converted firehouse for 10 years (the old Webster houses don’t count), I can only say, “enjoy the adventure” and “may The Force be with you”.

    • Sue permalink
      April 29, 2011 2:04 pm

      Thanks! Any guidance would be appreciated!

  2. dby permalink
    April 25, 2011 10:30 am

    Too bad no tunnel… cool way to enter/exit your future bat cave!

    …Makes me remember all the commotion when John Paul II came to St. Louis, and the security detail having all the manholes along the Pope’s route being temporarily tack welded or bolted in place.

  3. Stephen Scurletis permalink
    April 23, 2011 6:24 pm

    The concerns about open flame probably have to do with flammable sewer gasses coming in thru the cable conduits. There probably was not a tunnel but just conduits to the manhole.

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