You'll have to wait for an explanation about
the name of this tunnel. It only becomes evident as you travel further
My friend Ben had
previously discovered this system, but hadn't explored it yet. He
told me about it, and it stayed on my "to do" list for a while. Then
I get a call from Rick, a reporter for the Dallas Observer, who
wanted to see just what this UrbEx business was all about. Do I have
a tunnel I could show him? Sure! Let's check out this one...
The exploration of
this tunnel was featured in this
article from the Observer. See also my observations
on the Observer article.
||There are actually two of these tunnel
entrances about 50 feet or so apart from one another. This is the
one on the left. Just in case you're lost already.
||As usual, the tunnel design changed rapidly.
We started off with the domed archway seen above, then switched over to
a larger, square tunnel, then (behind me) we started into this other arched
shape common throughout Dallas tunnels.
||The tunnel continued this size for about
a third of a mile (I managed to get a GPS reading a little past here).
||Here I am waiting for Charlie Brown to
run up and kick the air as I snatch the ball away.
Actually, we found the ball (another donation
Unfortunately, at this point the ceiling
was just under 4' high, so it was a bit of a back-breaker. We continued
for a bit, but I didn't want to burn Rick on tunnels his first time out.
We just doubled back.
||Just inside the second tunnel was this
inlet about 3' high. What was emptying into the tunnel right here
was apparently the contents of a busted septic tank or other sewer line.
As soon as we approached the entrance to
this tunnel, we started to smell the stench. Thankfully, we didn't
have to go too far upstream before we got past the smell.
||The tunnel dropped down a bit right here.
Oddly enough, this meant that the water from the tunnel Rick is standing
in was draining into the parallel tunnel through a pair of holes close
to the floor (see the bottom right of the 2nd pic above).
||Further upstream, the tunnel actually
widened out. This is looking back downstream. The "iris" of
the image is a concrete collar that expanded the tunnel outward from the
6' to ~8' diameter ...even though we were heading upstream (we're looking
backwards here... like we're crawfish or something).
||Just a view up to a manhole. Even
though we had gone "uphill" at this point, we were deeper below the surface
(only ~10') than earlier on.
Most of the manholes we passed seemed to
be in the middle of fast-moving traffic, so we couldn't easily "pop up"
for a view. (Not that we attempt this terribly often, mind you.)