SLU tunnel number two
This tunnel is connected to the sections on
the other side of the campus, but does not empty into it... if that makes
any sense. There is a canal running between the two tunnels, but
it is upstream of both tunnels, so water never drains from one tunnel to
the other. In fact, the canal is now split by the addition of a pedestrian
tunnel under the road parallel to the canal.
In the past few years still more has been
added to this tunnel. Originally this tunnel emptied into a canal
that apparently represented desirable land. Culverts were added and
the canal covered over, but the land remains undeveloped. Just another
waste of taxpayers' dollars!
While I was at SLU, my friends and I went
through this and the other tunnel beneath the
main campus entirely too many times to count. Hey, there was little
else to do!
||Here I am climbing out of the front
page of my UrbEx site.
I have no idea what's making this water
this color, and I don't know that I want to find out!
||Dani gives her best tunnel modeling pose.
||This was one of two tall rooms in the
portion of the system. I don't know where this runnel leads since
this part of town is fairly undeveloped.
||Here is the other "room," the transition
between the culverts and the square section (left).
The hole in the wall at the back angles
to the surface (more on that later).
The hole is the ceiling leads up (way up!)
to a manhole by the railroad tracks.
The reason why I'm checking out the I-beam
is because years ago my old roommate and I found a Playboy magazine from
the early '80s stashed up here. Apparently, someone used come down
here and, well, come down here.
||This is the square portion of the tunnel
as it heads back toward SLU's campus. There was actually a fair amount
of graffiti near the end of this section.
||This is the saddest piece of engineering
I have ever seen! Originally there were four or more boards holding
this board to the ceiling. Two of these were downstream as of the
date of our visit, and the left-most board is supported by absolutely nothing.
||And here's the end of the line on this
||Returning now to the big room, this is
a close-up of the side tunnel up to the surface.
It is perfectly level for a few feet (which
unfortunately allows water to pool until there is a drought), then angles
left and quickly starts upward at an incline of perhaps 20 degrees for
15 feet or so until it reaches the surface....
||And here's the surface. This is
at the end of ditch running along the railroad tracks. Water rarely
stands in the ditch, so it is easy to climb down here.