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Finding and Losing the World's Oldest Subway Tunnel

History, Mystery, and Tunnels.

Reading The Cosgrove Report sent this guy on a hunt for a missing tunnel possibly used by John Wilkes Booth. After finding the tunnel, and running tours in the tunnel for 30+ years the city all the sudden revoked his business license and a part of history goes back undercover.

Only 9 mins, and really interesting.


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Michael Nystrom's picture

"I'm 54 years old - I'm too old to go find another tunnel

somewhere else."

Wow. What a fascinating story. Fascinating and sad, in the end. It was sad to see Bob at the end, in his apartment, with nothing to do. I wonder what is going on with his lawsuit.

I recently read about a new book that was just published called:
The Race Underground: Boston, New York, and the Incredible Rivalry That Built America's First Subway.

The review didn't say which city won, but all Bostonians - even us transplants - know that it was Boston's Green Line that was America's first subway. The honor of the first subway in the world goes to London.

Wikipedia says it opened in 1897.

But Bob was talking about John Wilkes Booth, which would date this tunnel to 1865, at least. That would be around the same time London's subway opened. Wikipedia says the London Underground opened in 1863.

What a fascinating little documentary. So well done.

I like Bob. I wish I could have gone to see his tunnel with him. He would have liked me, too, because I would have been one of those, "OMG! This is incredible!" people.

He's the man.
jrd3820's picture

Oh hey, I just saw this on the bookshelf. I love the bookshelf.

Yes, I would have also been one of Bob's favorite customers as I would have also been back numerous times and been all "WHOA! This is amazing! I love this place!" lol

Did you ever do any of the underground Seattle tours. That has a neat history also.

Here is some underground Paris stuff which looks amazing to me.


“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.”
― Dr. Seuss

Michael Nystrom's picture

I did the Underground Seattle tour when I was a little kid

But I was kind of sick that day, and I was freaked out by it. I think I was about 11 or so. It was different from Paris, lol. I've been to Paris, but not on the underground tour, except for that video that you just posted :)

I checked to see if there was an underground Boston, but there isn't - not that I'm aware of. But those of us in Boston know that the first Subway - the Green Line - has B, C, D, and E lines. I've always wondered what happened to the A line. Well, looking for an underground Boston, I found it!


They closed it down and replaced it with a bus, back in 1969.

Speaking of the bookshelf, we can thank Jon for that!

Here's one for the shelf. I was in Harvard Square today, browsing the bargain table outside of the Harvard Bookstore (no relation to Harvard itself, except it is across the street), and I came across James Howard Kunstler's Too Much Magic: Wishful Thinking, Technology, and the Fate of the Nation. I cracked it open to look inside, and found that Chapter 4 is titled:

The Dangers of Techno Narcissim, or: Frankenstein Release 2.0, How Ray Kurzweil's Singulariy Aims to Replace the Old God with a New and Improved Version


Well, for $2.99, I couldn't resist. You'll be hearing more about this.

Though Kunstler is a pretty negative guy. It is hard to take too much of him at one time. How negative is he? His blog is titled Clusterfuck Nation.

You can't even say 'Clusterfuck' on the Daily Paul!

He did write a good novel called World Made By Hand. That is right up there. I sent a copy of that to Big Mike, and I think he liked it pretty good.

He's the man.