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Old Tunnel Entrance on Island near Washington Sq. and Winter Street
Old Tunnel entrance on the island in between Washington Square North and Winter Street. Closed up to keep the kids out. Now there is a war memorial boulder on top of it.
For more info read Salem Secret Underground: The History of the Tunnels in the City by Chris Dowgin available at Jolie Tea, Remember Salem, Wicked Good Books, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.com.
Today we are going to explore the tunnels that connect the Sullivan Building, to the Administration, Main Stage Auditorium, and the Horace Mann grammar school. Like many colleges like Princeton and MIT, this school has tunnels running underneath for passage and running pipes from the boiler. Many adults remember walking from the Horace Mann school to the gym in the Sullivan Building. Today the tiny door still is there in what is the painting studio. There is still the old basketball hoop on the wall from its previous incarnation. Mostly forgotten and unused, few students have found their way into them on a rainy day going from building to building. The Horace Mann tunnel is painted green, quite damp, and the door to the Sullivan building is rotting. I have been told it is quite cool when it rains inside the tunnel, underground! Imagine that raining underground?
Then on its south campus on the location of the old Catholic school there is an old tunnel that goes from the top of the hill to the bottom. There is even a rumor that the north campus and south campus is linked by a tunnel. Who knows?