Well I came across these old photos I took a few years ago when they were working on Bridge Street. No thanks to an angry little Napoleon yelling at me from the hole. Here is part of the tunnel on Bridge Street now running electrical cables by Coffee Time.
After the 50’s the tunnels started getting turned into conduits. Many were used for the sewers. Why dig a new hole? A friend of mine had pictures of the sewers on Bridge Street, but I can’t find my copies. In the pictures below is a tunnel entrance in the old Naumkeag Savings building on Essex Street. Below the rug is where the sewer lines enter the building. Why did a new hole?
My friend Steve Dibble was the City Engineer. He told me on an old sewer map it showed a tunnel in front of the armory that was marked off for transporting black powder from the South River. When I went to see the map, that was the page missing from the map book. Plus I am still waiting for the Assistant Building Inspector to let me see the photos and the video of the tunnel coming out of town hall. I guess that is why some one created the Freedom of Information Act…
For more about the tunnels read Salem Secret Underground: The History of the Tunnels in the City .
Then book a tour on the Salem Smugglers’ Tour to learn more about the tunnels in town.