Public Drinking Water or Underground Bunker?

Welcome to the Salem Tunnel Report. Every Monday we will post new and old tunnel finds along with those who built them. In our posts you will learn how Salem has shaped American history from the profits of the smuggling that happened in these tunnels; sometimes for the good, but more often not.

What is it Really?

 

In Salem after Legg’s Hill Road is a road leading to a a fenced in house heated by propane. It is marked as Marblehead’s Public Drinking Supply location. For years I have heard about a location before Oakview Avenue and Legg’s Hill Road where there is a bunker that Marblehead and Salem police officers have used as a shooting range. I ventured there last week and this is what I had found.

Now according to Marblehead MWRA Annual Report they receive their water from the Quabbin and Wachusett Reservoirs and not this pond. So is this site an old public water resource or is it something else. Is it the large bunker I have been told about? I am not sure. There is ventilation pipe throughout, the welded door into the concrete circle, and old pipes. It is about a 5 acre site with two elevations and a pond. Most of the area is cleared. Who knows? If it was, why was it first made? What was the bunker’s purpose? If you have any info let me know below. It is near Dr. Loring’s estate which had tunnels leaving his mansion…

Many secrets in Salem!

For more read info Salem Secret Underground: The History of the Tunnels in the City and its sequel Sub Rosa by Chris Dowgin published by Salem House Press. Available at Barnes & Noble, Remember Salem, The Witch House, Jolie Tea, and Amazon.com.

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Salem State University Tunnels

Welcome to the Salem Tunnel Report. Every Monday we will post new and old tunnel finds along with those who built them. In our posts you will learn how Salem has shaped American history from the profits of the smuggling that happened in these tunnels; sometimes for the good, but more often not.

An Education in Tunnels

Well Salem State University poses a few questions. Did they re-utilize old tunnels or did they conduct in new construction? These tunnels from the Horace Mann Laboratory School, which is closing this year, led to the art department in the Sullivan Building on the Salem State University campus. Many people who are over 50 remember stories of their adventures heading to the gym which used to be in the art department. Some were pretty scurrilous. There is some graffiti left behind from them. Little boys kissing girls and skipping class in these tunnels. Many mention the asbestos pipes have always been there plus it has always been a concrete tunnel and not refaced.

Now leaving the Sullivan Building you can take another set of tunnels to the Administration building, the building with the theater, and the one after that. In many ways they just look like hallways.

Then Dr. Loring’s estate, which is now part of their South Campus buildings,  had a few more secrets that the nuns have kept a vow of silence on… The two buildings at the top of the hill are connected which was the doctor’s residence to the gym below near the cafeteria at the bottom of the hill. The tunnel comes out of the basement of the mansion and through the hill to the building below.

Many secrets in Salem!

For more read info Salem Secret Underground: The History of the Tunnels in the City and its sequel Sub Rosa by Chris Dowgin published by Salem House Press. Available at Barnes & Noble, Remember Salem, The Witch House, Jolie Tea, and Amazon.com.

Old Naumkeag Trust Bank Building

Welcome to the Salem Tunnel Report. Every Monday we will post new and old tunnel finds along with those who built them. In our posts you will learn how Salem has shaped American history from the profits of the smuggling that happened in these tunnels; sometimes for the good, but more often not.

Tunnels under the old Naumkeag Trust Bank on the corner of Derby Square and Essex Street.

This spot originally held the Essex Bank before Charles Bulfinch built them a new bank on Central Street. The Salem Savings Bank, Salem Bank, and the Naumkeag Trust Bank which became Eastern Bank have used this building. The first building used as a bank on this location suffered a fire. Historically this location had six different buildings. Now all of their foundations are joined together in one large basement with several sealed tunnel entrances and tunnels converted into hallways between foundations. Due to the different levels of the original foundations there is a six foot difference between the basement floor near Essex Street and the alley off of Derby Square in the rear. Also there is a tomb of two runaway slaves in the basement.

For more read Salem Secret Underground: The History of the Tunnels in the City and its sequel Sub Rosa by Chris Dowgin published by Salem House Press. Available at Barnes & Noble, Remember Salem, The Witch House, Jolie Tea, and Amazon.com.