The Library Tunnel
Technically, this tunnel actually leads away from the library, so I guess this is a misnomer, but the old library is the most recognizable structure in the vicinity.  I had been through this tunnel previously with Dani, although this was before we started photographing our exploits.  I had been meaning to return here, and when my friend Brei asked if she could tag along on an adventure, I had this and a few others waiting in the wings right here in our own neighborhood.

Wow, the flash really doesn't have much of an effect on the night the way it does in enclosed spaces!

This tunnel starts out as four tunnels such as the ones I am standing in front of.  The water empties from here into a canal paved for a hundred or so feet behind Brei (the photographer).  The water eventually finds its way into the rest of the drainage ditches Dani I explored on the Suburbia pages.

This is just inside the tunnel on the far right above.  In spite of appearances, just behind me all four tunnels open into a huge room (see below).

The camera unfortunately did not convey the scale of this room, but this area is perhaps 70 feet wide and an equal span in length.

To the right you can see support posts like the one I was standing by in the previous pic.  Note that Brei was standing in the middle of the room; there was an equal amount of space behind and in front of her.

This room is beneath the post office parking lot.  The ceiling is about 8 feet up, except for support beams... which are exactly the right height to smack your head on.  (I did!)

We spotted quite a bit of wildlife on this trip.  Although less than perfectly visible in this picture, here is a crawfish (above the flashlight spot on the right).

We also saw several fish and scores of tadpoles.

This photo was taken just past a pipe that was at floor level and thus restricted the passage of water.  Much of the fauna are thus trapped at this point rather than proceeding to the rest of the drainage system.  Hey, civil engineers, do a better job next time, and take this into consideration.

Your tax dollars at work.  NOT!!!

Actually, there is concrete in the hole above.  This was not a cave-in site.

An odd feature in this tunnel was the three rows of wire protrusions on either wall.  As you can see, they collect a lot of the debris carried by the water... which apparently does get much higher than the inch or two typical of most of the tunnel.

Hey, this wasn't here last time I passed through!

No kidding, apparently there is another UrbEx group in the area.  Give me a call some time, guys!  (I'll show you how to a build a website instead of vandalizing where you'll never be seen).

The spray paint above was just a few feet to the right of this point.

This is right near the end of the tunnel, where there is a 90 degree turn.  The ceiling height also drops quite a bit.

Curiously, there are four tunnels to the left, the three to the right.  Weird!

The height drops yet again at this point at we almost had to crawl out these last few feet into the canal just off of Carrol Blvd.

Total distance = 0.25 miles (1331 feet)

An interesting spot on our return trip:  The water goes all the way up to the ceiling at times and deposited debris on this pipe seven feet up!

Look!!! The camera-shy Brei is, in fact, a real person!  (I guess I just captured her soul.)

This is back to the large room on our way out.... Next we headed to the steam tunnels beneath TWU.

You can also check out a view from the eye in the sky here.

Alexplored 5/16/04.

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