The Court Houses’ Tunnels

Well one of them have been removed this month. The tunnel from the Registry of Deeds to the Superior Court was dug up by a front end loader. Below I have some before and after pictures.

My friend used to work for the Registry. He told me stories of sending female summer interns into the tunnel to a room to alphabetize some photos. When they got there they would be surprised by the fact the photos were of autopsies and murder scenes dating back to the invention of the camera in Essex County. I never did find that room. I only walked from the Registry to the Superior Court. In the pictures below you will see a large subterranean room with a door attached to it. I never got into that door because there was someone sitting in the room below. So I scurried past quickly before I was seen.  Later I realized it was my friend Bobby and he said he was probably sleeping when I went by. If I only knew.

Supposedly this tunnel would of led to the train tunnel on Washington Street. It was used to process prisoners to and from jail. Plus Judges were able to use this underground train station. The only building still connected behind a large fenced off area is the District Court. There is still a fire escape leading from the tunnel to the court house.

Well check out the pictures.

For more about the tunnels in Salem read Salem Secret Underground:The History of the Tunnels in the City. Also you can venture on the route of the tunnels and learn their history first hand by going on one of Salem’s best walking tours there is!  The Salem Smugglers’ Tour offers tours at various times throughout the week. Check them out today!

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    1. Be looking forward to seeing you. The tour has been extended after writing Sub Rosa which is the sequel to Salem Secret Underground: The History of the Tunnels in the City. So around the Common we tell the tale about how Derby copied Bulfinch’s public work scheme to take down the Trimount to build the Backbay neighborhoods and hide tunnel dirt in the mud flats of the Charles when he filled in the ponds in the Common, how Bulfinch got hired to build tunnels in D.C. by giving a tour through the tunnels to houses around the Commonto President Monroe, how many homes on the Common were built by bribes by Joshua Bates of Baring Brothers Bank to create the Second Bank of the United States which handed our treasury over to the British, the Stoned Elephant, the real murder behind the game Clue, and how people from Salem got away with a presidential assassination. Check it out at We are more than witches!!!

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