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Location DB > United States > Missouri > St. Louis > Mole Tunnel and Abandoned Right of Way
Mole Tunnel and Abandoned Right of Way
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created by oh-ten on 1/15/2007 9:26 PM
last modified by oh-ten on 2/3/2013 11:37 PM
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This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.
Roughly 40' wide by 20' high former electric railway tunnel dug under a street with dirt and gravel banks and numerous homeless inhabitants.

The tunnel connects to an elevated right of way on one end and to a sealed former station on the other.
 Basic Information
Type: Tunnel
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: check it out if you're nearby
 Physical Information

St. Louis, Missouri
United States
Owner: City of St. Louis
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  •  Hazards
  • rust
  • unsafe flooring
  • Mole People
  •  Interesting Features
    -Huge tunnel under downtown St. Louis exposing the basement levels of office buildings
    -Interesting views up to the street level
    -Dug in encampments of "mole people" hidden in the side banks of the structure with cooking fires and in some cases partial living rooms (but please respect their homes!)
    -Original electric railway equipment and signage
     Security Measures
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  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 0
    Closed: 2005
     Required Equipment
  • flashlight
  • gloves
  • long pants / sleeves
  • towelettes
  •  Recommended Equipment
    hood pass
    The tunnel and right of way was originally the trackage for the Illinois Terminal Railway which ran electric interurban service from St. Louis throughout south-central Illinois. A large (40'?) wide tunnel was dug under a major city street using the cut-and-cover method. The tunnel begins deep under a former newspaper building which had the (reportedly) lavish station located down a long flight of stairs. At this point this area seems to be sealed off with a double layer of drywall and the tunnel begins to constrict until finally ending in a dirt bank. Heading away from the former station the building passes two semi-active loading docks and continues for several blocks before emerging onto grade and then on to a series of viaducts eventually crossing over railyards and connecting with the McKinley bridge.

    Service on the line was terminated in 1954, but the tunnel was used for sporadic freight services until the past decade.
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     Future Plans
    As of 2012, Tucker Bvld.has been rebuilt, the Tucker viaduct and tunnel have been demolished and sealed with foam and concrete.

    A portion of the viaduct near the McKinley Bridge is still planned to become an elevated bike trail and park called the Iron Horse Trestle.
    ohten's expedition
    Mon, Jan 15th, 2007
    posted by oh-ten

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    Mon, Jan 15th, 2007
    posted by oh-ten
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    Mon, Jan 15th, 2007
    posted by oh-ten
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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Opheliaism on 2/4/2013 1:58 PM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Feb 4 13 at 13:58, Opheliaism validated this location
  • on Feb 3 13 at 23:37, oh-ten changed the following: Owner, Latitude, Longitude, Co-ordinate Accuracy, Publically Viewable, Year Closed, Status, Future Plans
  • on Nov 26 08 at 3:36, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Nov 26 08 at 2:55, oh-ten changed the following: Latitude, Longitude, Co-ordinate Accuracy
  • on Nov 23 08 at 15:50, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Nov 23 08 at 2:08, Jamesw changed the following: Latitude, Longitude, Co-ordinate Accuracy
  • on Jan 15 07 at 23:46, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Jan 15 07 at 23:28, oh-ten updated gallery picture Sign
  • on Jan 15 07 at 23:27, oh-ten swapped pictures 8 and 9
  • on Jan 15 07 at 23:27, oh-ten swapped pictures 7 and 9
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