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Leavenworth Underground tunnels
Leavenworth, KS 66048
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LEAVENWORTH, Kan. -- Some Leavenworth residents have been unknowingly walking around above an underground city, and no one seems to know who created it or why.

Windows, doors and narrow paths beneath a title company at South Fourth and Delaware streets lead to storefronts stretching several city blocks and perhaps beyond.

There are also several vaults around town. Some of have them been used for breweries.

"They were stores of some type. We just don't know what they were selling, who was running them," said Jennifer Lemons, who works at the title company Some speculate the underground town was created in the 1800s and could have been used during slavery or for fugitives.

"We know that it was pretty secretive, whatever it was that was down here, because not too many people know anything about it," Lemons said.

Katy Ryan is the editor for LV Magazine and has been researching the mysteries below.

"You know, you just think of the underground as such a dark, spooky place, but to think that this could have maybe been some kind of vibrant economic center is just kind of baffling really," Ryan said.

Construction workers are in the middle of a streetscape project, and some worry the history will be erased.

"I think it would just be kind of tragic if no one knew what it was or if no one cared," Lemons said.

Some people who've lived in Leavenworth their entire lives don't know anything about the underground city, and those who do don't know the historical significance.




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               Like      Dislike        Comment# 17423     8/21/2008 2:26:00 PM     Edit       Reply    
lookforventure


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Damn it... I was just here about a month ago... Thought it was intresting... Thought I would share...  Hell if nothing else while you are here ... You can see Michael Vick... This is where he is being held...
 

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Sorry sneaky way to up load but here is a video too....
 

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 31029     4/19/2009 3:18:00 PM     Edit       Reply    
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Mom used to work in the title company building. Before that it was a bank. She worked there too. So i have been down there twice. From talking to the people in the local area you will find out that at some point in the late 1800's or early 1900's some of the streets in downtown where raised up to meet the 2nd story to make room for a sewage system. Delaware being one of them as it was actually the lowest street in downtown. Most of the buildings of that age on that steer have since been torn down and replaced.As for the bank it was suppose to have had there store front bricked in and sealed off. I guess there where lazy workes back then too. If you go down there you can see the old bank vault and teller counters proving it was once the main floor of a 4 story building that now only stands 3 stories high from street level. As for there being several city blocks. I can vouch for the fact that at that location there are only two storefronts that you can see or get to. The other one is right next store to the tittle company. Where you are getting all that several city block stuff I have no clue.
 

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 54888 ReplyTo# 31029     7/22/2010 5:47:00 AM     Edit          
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However many blocks there are I want to go down there and see it.
 

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 64608     12/27/2010 12:56:00 PM     Edit       Reply    
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As a side note, one of the guys (and his daughter) that used to work in the Title Company died at the Hyatt Regency Skywalk Collapse, I think it was 1980 if i remember correctly but I could be wrong about the date.
 

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kcsummer


Last Seen: 12/27/2010 12:56:50 PM  
McAfree-Short I believe, maybe somebody already said that.
 

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 82637     9/14/2013 10:26:00 PM     Edit       Reply    
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I was born and raised in Leavenworth and I wasn't aware of the underground city at all. I almost think my father or my grandparents would have known or heard something about it. I think it's fascinating and I want to see it if they have another tour.
 

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 83076     11/5/2013 8:12:00 AM     Edit       Reply    
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I currently liven in Leavenworth, and me and a few friends are about to go and see whats down in these underground tunnels. Wish us luck. -JC&WH
 

  

   

 






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