Explore 5 creepy underground tunnels in Louisville

abused mental patients a mummified Egyptian priestess and the escapades of Al Capone these are all characters in real-life horror stories revolving around secret underground tunnels that are hidden in plain sight here in Louisville some of these are open to the public others are known only through legends ep Tom Sawyer State Park for example is home to sauerkraut cave just a couple hundred yards away from the archery fields a graffiti covered cavern is perched in the woods used as part of the old central mental hospital is used to store sauerkraut and milk before refrigeration paranormal investigators have heard noises or heard music mysterious playing throughout the park but some tunnels have haunts of epic proportions Waverly Hills Sanatorium in pleasure Ridge Park was home to the body chute a 600 foot tunnel that was used to transport thousands of dead tuberculosis patients out of the hospital from 1910 to 1961 to not discourage other patients but owner Tina Mattingly knows it as more than just a place of dark history she also knows it personally as a place other tunnels were nestled in more popular destinations such as the famous Seelbach hotel since being opened on 4th Street in 1905 it’s 500 rooms have held every level of royalty to some of the nation’s most heinous criminals while the opulence stays of both are well documented it’s darker secrets lie nearly two stories below its lobby the first escape route an old brick tunnel that stretches back 20 feet was used as a passageway to get steam heat from pipes throughout the hotel in the first half of the 20th century the open cavern has since been walled off but offered easy access to neighboring buildings if a guest was caught in a pinch first somebody playing cards or one of the gangsters wanted to get away they could have one through that tunnel went to the building next door or Stewart’s building Stark’s building who knows where they could have went the other once used for water drainage and rain runoff now sits dry and musty by using an old cable spindle for a boost an explorer can follow the 60-foot tunnel around a curve ducking for the occasional rusty pipe at the end is two doors both sealed shut perhaps the longest one we explored was right under the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Crescent Hill stretching the length of the hundred acre campus were several tunnels the cavernous tunnels also led right under the Calloway Archaeological Museum among of these seemingly uninterested students nestled in their laptops and textbooks lies a glass display of an Egyptian sarcophagus inside it lies a woman named sure eat my heat a priestess dating back to 700 BC but one tunnel I had walked above everyday without even knowing about it in the basement of the courier-journal lies the relics of a dark day September 14 1989 a disgruntled employee came into the standard Gravier offices a printing company that shared the same facilities and complex as The Courier Journal and shot 8 and wounded 12 bullet holes can be seen in the tunnel between the stairwell the shooter descended and the stairs leading to the press room on the ground floor where most of the killing took place with all these tunnels some memories are better left buried others are just waiting to be explored if you dare

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