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Olinselot
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Posted on Sunday, March 01, 2009 - 10:59 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I just started a really cool web site to promote an upcoming book I am writing based in Detroit. Through writing the book I have really come to love this city and can't wait to get the book published so I have an excuse to come visit.

Any amount of support, comments, or even fan art are more than welcome.

http://detroitunderground.blog spot.com/

My question for the forum is this: What are the strange places, abandoned locations, or weird things you have seen in the city?
Any pictures of underground railroad tunnels would be great as well!
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Cooper
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Posted on Monday, March 02, 2009 - 4:25 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Personally, I'd say reality here is weird enough without any embellishment.
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Jjw
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Posted on Monday, March 02, 2009 - 5:15 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Do people still use the underground tunnel between the Fisher and the old GM building?
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Johnlodge
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Posted on Monday, March 02, 2009 - 9:20 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Someone will likely remember better than I do, but downtown there is a church with a secret basement that was an underground railroad stop. I've been down there once, they are happy to show it to you. I wish I could remember where exactly it was. It is an open and active church, Baptist I believe.
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Dtowncitylover
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Posted on Monday, March 02, 2009 - 9:28 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The tunnel between the Fisher and the old GM is pretty creepy. I remember a couple of years ago wanting to go through but thought it was scary, as I was a kid.
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Vetalalumni
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Posted on Monday, March 02, 2009 - 9:54 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The Underground Railroad had movement and vital support through First Baptist Church and Second Baptist Church (Fort Street Station).
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Homer
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Posted on Monday, March 02, 2009 - 11:18 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Suggest you sneak into the Detroit to Windsor train tunnel. Or at least get pix of the entrance area.
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Fury13
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Posted on Monday, March 02, 2009 - 11:21 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The tunnel between the old GM Building and the Fisher is brightly-lighted and used every day. Nothing creepy about it; the tunnel is wide and fairly well-maintained (there are signs of some water leakage/seepage, though).
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Detroitnerd
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Posted on Monday, March 02, 2009 - 11:24 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Just don't write a book as poorly researched as "The Mole People."
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Detroitchef
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Posted on Monday, March 02, 2009 - 12:26 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Salt mines baybeee. Get a guide and send them into the mines.
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Sludgedaddy
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The Sewers of Detroit are inhabited by Teen-Age Mutant Ninja Crack Sluts. Further investigation may possibly reveal that Detroit's notorious Le Nain Rouge may be spotted in his lair in the grit tunnels of Detroit's massive Waste Water Treatment Plant.

It is also ironic that along with sites for the Underground Railroad in many old structures, tourist interest is also enhanced by throwing in the reported rumor that the old building may have housed a brothel. I would personally like to be informed that it may have been once a cold brothel of beer.
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Eastsideal
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Posted on Tuesday, March 03, 2009 - 10:07 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

quote:

What are the strange places, abandoned locations, or weird things you have seen in the city?



Yes, I've seen Detroit.
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Alexander72
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In 1980 or so we went down in the elevator shaft in 1010 Beaubien on the corner of Laffeyette ,and we found an entrance to a tunnel. we assumed it came from the direction of the First Baptist Church on Monroe and Beaubien . It appeared to head down towards the river. It was a mud tunnel. it didn't have any major support structures,But it did have working conduit lines. we were able to screw in some light bulbs. We walked ,maybe a block ,block and a half ,but we were turned back by the biggest water bugs or roaches Iv'e ever seen.I mean ,this place was spooky ! The only thing we pulled out of there was wooden crates that we think were liquor boxes. Back then we were told that during prohibition ,than they brought in booze from Canada on boats at the river. This tunnel was either part of the underground tunnels from the church or it was a rum tunnel or both. The greektown Casino now sits on top of our find.
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Neilr
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Posted on Thursday, March 05, 2009 - 4:34 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Alexander72, a small correction: the church that you're referencing is Second Baptist Church, one of Detroit's most historically significant churches.

http://www.nps.gov/history/nr/ travel/detroit/d13.htm
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Swimmaven
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I used to work at Favor-Ruhl on the corner of Woodward and Warren (I think). Just down the block from the art department at Wayne State.

Anyway, one day the manager was not as pyscho as usual and he took several of the employees in the basement. It had not been inhabited in decades. That strange dust covered everthing; there were rooms and a hallway leading somewhere (north - towards WSU). The hallway had been filled in. We could feel something mysterious had happened there.

I used to go to the cafeteria sometimes in the basement of the Fisher Building when I worked at Lewis Art Supply (a real nut house) and would pass through the tunnel. It would be full of lunching office workers trudging through. One time I saw a GIANT roach several people in
front of me, but the old gentleman in front of me just squished the thing without loosing a step. No one noticed or I am sure there would have been screaming.

There was also a door in that tunnel and at the top, it said fbi or cia. Really non-descript.
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Alexander72
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Posted on Thursday, March 05, 2009 - 11:27 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I stand corrected .It was also my understanding that there was a barn....east of the original church ,where the tunnel was supposed to have been .that would have drawn a straight line to the tunnel we were in.
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East_detroit
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Posted on Friday, March 06, 2009 - 7:22 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

How about the vault in the sub-basement of Old Main?

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