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TTU historians eager to explore mystery tunnel (Lubbock, TX)
KCBD.com ^ | Sept. 5, 2013 | Alex Zielinski

Posted on 09/08/2013 3:20:04 PM PDT by bgill

He and his wife were watering the yard on Monday. When they came back outside to move the sprinkler, it was gone. A hole had formed in the middle of their lawn about three feet across and their sprinkler was at the bottom of a tunnel that had collapsed.

They agree the structure was built after 1909 because railroad ties were used in the construction. That year is when the railroad first came to Lubbock from Plainview. Right now, the function of the structure is anyone's guess.

"What it was used for, it would be nice to know, it really would be because it's a mystery. It's just in a very unexpected place," said Dr. Tidwell.

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KEYWORDS: godsgravesglyphs; lubbock; plainview; texas; tunnel
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Throw out ideas of what it could have been used for. It's a couple miles from the railroad tracks but maybe a theives tunnel from stolen RR cargo? Or Prohibition days?
1 posted on 09/08/2013 3:20:04 PM PDT by bgill
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To: bgill

I goggled mining and Lubbock. Apparently there was gold mining there. You may have found the Lost Conservative Mine. So, get a flashlight and explore.


2 posted on 09/08/2013 3:25:57 PM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: bgill

Prohibition did not separate Texans from their whiskey. Various means were used to avoid the authorities, but tunnels were certainly among the choices.


3 posted on 09/08/2013 3:26:05 PM PDT by centurion316
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To: bgill

Early tornado shelter reinforced with beams? Would have been nice if they detailed the how far the tunnel extended or at least estimated. And pull the property records as far back as they go..talk to oldtimers for some oral history.


4 posted on 09/08/2013 3:30:50 PM PDT by Dysart (Being nuts has its advantages...and the machete doesn't hurt, either.)
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To: bgill

I’m not saying it was Aliens?


5 posted on 09/08/2013 3:31:17 PM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (To stay calm during these tumultuous times, I take Damitol. Ask your Doctor if it's right for you.)
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To: Gen.Blather

What did goggle show?


6 posted on 09/08/2013 3:31:50 PM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (To stay calm during these tumultuous times, I take Damitol. Ask your Doctor if it's right for you.)
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To: Dysart

The tunnel is pretty long and no one knows just how far it goes. There is no previous record of it either.


7 posted on 09/08/2013 3:32:42 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: bgill
Wonder if it was an aqua-duct?
8 posted on 09/08/2013 3:32:43 PM PDT by goodtomato (I'm really, really blessed!)
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To: Dysart

That was my first thought.


9 posted on 09/08/2013 3:32:48 PM PDT by gop4lyf (Are we no longer in that awkward time? Or is it still too early?)
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To: Conspiracy Guy

Aliens...AND Jimmy Hoffa!


10 posted on 09/08/2013 3:33:55 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Conspiracy Guy

A map with the word mining and gold. I stopped there as it’s not my hole. But if it were you’d bet I wouldn’t tell a soul until I’d made certain that anything valuable was on my property...What if the treasure box is under public land? Or, worse, that really nasty guy next door that you hate.


11 posted on 09/08/2013 3:34:57 PM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: Gen.Blather
I goggled mining

Did you now?


12 posted on 09/08/2013 3:37:21 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: Army Air Corps

Good point I forgot about Hoffa.


13 posted on 09/08/2013 3:37:26 PM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (To stay calm during these tumultuous times, I take Damitol. Ask your Doctor if it's right for you.)
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To: bgill

Mexicans


14 posted on 09/08/2013 3:37:35 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: centurion316

Lubbock and the county it’s in is notoriously dry due to religious influences. It is a central theme of that section of Michener’s book “Texas”.


15 posted on 09/08/2013 3:38:13 PM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: humblegunner

LOL.


16 posted on 09/08/2013 3:38:39 PM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (To stay calm during these tumultuous times, I take Damitol. Ask your Doctor if it's right for you.)
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To: goodtomato

There is no aqua to duct in West Texas.


17 posted on 09/08/2013 3:39:24 PM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: bgill

They’re perplexed? I wonder if they thought about crawling in and see what they find. If they’re worried about a cave-in they can use a snake camera that plumbers use.


18 posted on 09/08/2013 3:40:08 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: Gen.Blather

If gold is involved the gummit will lay claim to it. Probably an old root cellar.


19 posted on 09/08/2013 3:40:10 PM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (To stay calm during these tumultuous times, I take Damitol. Ask your Doctor if it's right for you.)
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To: humblegunner

“I goggled mining
Did you now?”

Damned auto replace.


20 posted on 09/08/2013 3:43:42 PM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: Conspiracy Guy

“If gold is involved the gummit will lay claim to it.”

Only if they know about it. That’s the trick. Don’t call them.


21 posted on 09/08/2013 3:44:32 PM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: VerySadAmerican

they can use a snake camera...Snakes? I hate snakes.


22 posted on 09/08/2013 3:48:15 PM PDT by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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To: goodtomato

Wonder if it was an aqua-duct? ....No he’s still selling Insurance. AFLAC!


23 posted on 09/08/2013 3:49:28 PM PDT by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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To: T-Bird45

Dry counties are so called because whiskey is not for sale. It says nothing about how much whiskey drinking is going on. My own family hometown of Benton County, Arkansas. Dry county to this day. Whiskey consumption considerable. Of course when the Baptists drive over the state line, they don’t recognize one another in the liquor stores.


24 posted on 09/08/2013 3:49:38 PM PDT by centurion316
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To: Gen.Blather

Too late. Already a news story.


25 posted on 09/08/2013 3:51:14 PM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (To stay calm during these tumultuous times, I take Damitol. Ask your Doctor if it's right for you.)
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To: bgill

“He and fellow curator Dr. Robert Tidwell are stunned by the discovery.”

Someone’s beeber was stuned!


26 posted on 09/08/2013 4:08:21 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I'm a Conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; ...

Thanks bgill. A century old or so.

27 posted on 09/08/2013 4:13:53 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Peripatetic zombies.


28 posted on 09/08/2013 4:16:24 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: Gen.Blather
I goggled mining and Lubbock.

With your beer goggles?

29 posted on 09/08/2013 4:18:32 PM PDT by lonevoice (Today I broke my personal record for most consecutive days lived)
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To: T-Bird45

That was my next question ;0)


30 posted on 09/08/2013 4:19:41 PM PDT by goodtomato (I'm really, really blessed!)
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To: bgill

Video and photos


31 posted on 09/08/2013 4:29:43 PM PDT by deport
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To: centurion316

It’s not dry any more!!! Just changed the law last election cycle. I didn’t mind driving to Springdale for beer one bit, it was a nice change from “the Sodom of the South” aka Atlanta, from where we moved. As my friend, who moved here from Detroit, once put it so nicely, “Where I’m from there’s a liquor store on every corner. Down here, there’s a church on every corner.” And what a change in atmosphere that is! Sadly I fear that we are going to face a major battle for the soul of this place, now that the art musuem has opened and the attendant low-lifes have begun flocking. Only a matter of time until the rainbow flags start going up.


32 posted on 09/08/2013 4:34:32 PM PDT by To Hell With Poverty (Ephesians 6:12 becomes more real to me with each news cycle.)
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To: bgill

When we looked down , our sprinkler was at the bottom and twenty Mexicans were drinking from the hose and looking up at us.


33 posted on 09/08/2013 4:34:51 PM PDT by DeWalt
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To: Safetgiver
Watching this thread with great interest


34 posted on 09/08/2013 4:42:11 PM PDT by Salamander (Can't sleep...the clowns will eat me.)
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To: DeWalt

Good one!


35 posted on 09/08/2013 4:47:48 PM PDT by bgill (This reply was mined before it was posted.)
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To: deport

Thanks.


36 posted on 09/08/2013 4:49:46 PM PDT by bgill (This reply was mined before it was posted.)
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To: Salamander

M17X Alienware...nice!


37 posted on 09/08/2013 5:14:30 PM PDT by petro45acp (It's a fabian thing.....how do you boil a frog? How's that water feelin right about now?)
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To: Salamander
Nice snake!

And why am I not at all surprised that under the very cool snake is a mega-hip red-backlit keyboard, and that you've got about forty bazillion things in your Windows systray, and a score or more of open tasks.... so you've got lots of horsepower and RAM.... meaning that must be one hell of a computer setup.

Am I right?

38 posted on 09/08/2013 5:17:44 PM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: bgill

Prohibition was what I thought of.

Would have been nice if the clown who wrote this piece had given us some dimensions for the tunnel.


39 posted on 09/08/2013 5:19:05 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Let me hear what God the LORD will speak. -Ps85)
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To: petro45acp; Salamander
> M17X Alienware...nice!

LOL, looks like.

40 posted on 09/08/2013 5:19:34 PM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: bgill

41 posted on 09/08/2013 5:22:36 PM PDT by Rebelbase (Tagline: (optional, printed after your name on post))
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To: centurion316

Lubbock was a “dry” county when I lived in TX in the 1970s andso was te Texas Tech campus. Storage for moonshine?


42 posted on 09/08/2013 6:02:57 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: bgill
Wood box culverts are common out there and are still in use for drainage structures under railroad tracks. If this was ever associated with the railroad, there is a right of way "Valuation Map" that would show the structure.

Just because the railroad today is miles away... don't mean squat...

That being said... it was probably aliens.

43 posted on 09/08/2013 6:07:14 PM PDT by Rodamala
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To: bgill

Probably the basement of an outhouse.


44 posted on 09/08/2013 6:17:06 PM PDT by eartrumpet
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To: Conspiracy Guy
What did goggle show?

Depends on whether the goggle is rose colored or vomit yellow colored.

45 posted on 09/08/2013 6:28:03 PM PDT by Ole Okie
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To: dayglored; petro45acp

M17X, actually.

Have the 17X as a spare.

;)


46 posted on 09/08/2013 7:07:11 PM PDT by Salamander (Can't sleep...the clowns will eat me.)
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To: bgill

Lee Smithwick found a secret tunnel in front of his home

47 posted on 09/08/2013 10:30:29 PM PDT by rawhide
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To: dayglored

LOL!

Got me dead to rights....:)

32G of RAM and more windows open than the Holiday Inn.

[I lose track of the darn things, what with all the open-in-separate window links]

When it hits 80+ open windows, the mouse gets squirrely.

Dell sells Alienware now [I know, GAG!] and I got it from the refurb outlet division for less half the price of ‘new’ because I’m signed up for ‘deal alerts’ and got a 25% off of outlet prices coupon.

It had several “issues” when I got it but came with an in-home warranty and the only thing left ‘original’ is the body.

Every bit of guts has been replaced, including the screen.

The snake is pretty low tech, however.

:)


48 posted on 09/08/2013 11:31:30 PM PDT by Salamander (Can't sleep...the clowns will eat me.)
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To: Salamander

Crap.

MX18.

Can’t brain today.
I’ve got the dumb.


49 posted on 09/08/2013 11:33:06 PM PDT by Salamander (Can't sleep...the clowns will eat me.)
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To: Salamander

I know the feeling, I’ve gotta get up for work in four hours but I’m too stupefied to fall asleep...


50 posted on 09/09/2013 12:12:35 AM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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