Do You Know About the Hidden Michigan Tunnels?
From Kalamazoo to Albion and Detroit, there is a surprising number of hidden tunnel systems throughout Michigan.
Disclaimer: We do not recommend exploring abandoned areas as they could be unsafe. We also do not encourage anyone to trespass onto private property.
The fact that the mitten state has so many tunnels is fascinating. Some of them are for private business or personal use while others are completely abandoned.
Tunnels in Kalamazoo
A pair of self-proclaimed Paranormal Investigators/Urban Explorers that go by Ghost-N on YouTube and Facebook posted a breathtaking video of a hidden tunnel system in Kalamazoo back in 2020. It's unclear where the entrance is, but I'm wondering if this is part of the tunnel between the old State Hospital and the Oakland Drive campus.
There are rumors of tunnels connecting dozens of buildings in the Vine neighborhood as well as tunnels connecting the Nazareth buildings. Back in the day people allegedly used tunnels to get around due to lack of snow removal in the winter months. Most of these tunnels have been destroyed.
Tunnels in Grand Rapids
There is a small tunnel system in Grand Rapids that was created in the 1960s that connects hotels and office buildings according to MLive.
Tunnels near Albion
As new highway systems were created back in the day tunnels became necessary. Highways split up farmland or made it difficult for pedestrians to walk to work or school. There are very few of these old pedestrian tunnels under highways left as they are likely unsafe after many decades of neglect. The ones that do exist like this one near Albion are bolted shut.
Tunnels in Detroit
Back in the 1920s, Detroit had a massive issue on its hands. Pedestrians were getting stuck by vehicles in large numbers. Nearly 100 children were killed in 1924 alone. A substantial pedestrian tunnel system was created in the 1920s to dramatically cut down the number of injuries and deaths due to vehicles striking people, and it worked. This tunnel system is no longer active.
Did you know that Michigan is home to the first tunnels in the world to connect countries? Click here for the full story.
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