Display Pagerank
Welcome to Curious History - Named one of the 20 best Tumblrs by MSN. The world is filled with strange and natural wonders. You will find them here. Please consider a small donation (upper left corner)!

Cow Tunnels Under New York City

The legend of the West Side Cow Tunnels has always been an urban myth, repeated by someone who heard, but never from someone who knew. The story goes that sometime in the 1870s, the need to alleviate cattle traffic in the streets resulted in the creation of an underground ″Cow Tunnel″ underneath 12th Avenue and 34th street.

From here that the stories fluctuate wildly. Everything from where the tunnels are - people put the location of the tunnels on Joralemon Street-  to what exactly the tunnels are made of - Oak, Steel, and field stones are the top candidates.

One of the only published accounts of the tunnel comes from an old article from the Tribeca Tribune circa June 1997, which follows the wild goose chase of a Con Edison employee as he follows the vague leads of his friends who knew a friend who saw the tunnels. In the end, the myth of the West Side Cow Tunnels seemed to be just another urban fancy.

That is, until 2004, when hints of the legendary Cow Tunnels resurfaced. A correspondence from the NYC landmarks preservation commission and New York State office of parks, recreation, and historic preservation mentioned underground ″Cattle Tunnels″ at the 34th street and 38th street. According to the correspondence, if the tunnels are still in good shape they may qualify for inclusion in the National Register for Historic Places.

(Source: atlasobscura.com)

  1. seleniceria reblogged this from neil-gaiman
  2. thatannoyingparrot reblogged this from neil-gaiman
  3. fluffy263 reblogged this from dj-nobiwan
  4. drinkthistranquility reblogged this from neil-gaiman
  5. threeacresandacrow reblogged this from neil-gaiman
  6. lohikaarmo reblogged this from neil-gaiman
  7. 1411squid reblogged this from odditiesoflife
  8. angelfxck reblogged this from neil-gaiman
  9. keisukes-butt reblogged this from neil-gaiman
  10. therankspoon reblogged this from neil-gaiman
  11. mamayoda reblogged this from penniedreadfuls
  12. thepluralisphoenixii reblogged this from laughingtaffy
  13. laughingtaffy reblogged this from neil-gaiman
  14. catpeas reblogged this from neil-gaiman
  15. travellyr reblogged this from neil-gaiman
  16. killerkhaleesi reblogged this from neil-gaiman
  17. dannihak reblogged this from neil-gaiman
  18. pheonixvenus reblogged this from odditiesoflife
  19. wd3ncha reblogged this from neil-gaiman
  20. tea-and-tights reblogged this from neil-gaiman
  21. belaredstar reblogged this from odditiesoflife
  22. polishcrown reblogged this from neil-gaiman
  23. overthereonmars reblogged this from odditiesoflife
  24. embellishment reblogged this from neil-gaiman
  25. creativityismental reblogged this from neil-gaiman
  26. biomechanicalwhoscape reblogged this from neil-gaiman
  27. demi-femme reblogged this from neil-gaiman
  28. w-the-idiot reblogged this from alaquestiqueveliquinate
  29. alaquestiqueveliquinate reblogged this from neil-gaiman
  30. mysunwolf reblogged this from neil-gaiman
  31. fairyporncess reblogged this from scum-pirate
  32. ruquzu reblogged this from neil-gaiman
  33. omgyoureakitty reblogged this from neil-gaiman
  34. manakatie reblogged this from neil-gaiman
  35. myshinynewpennyfarthing reblogged this from neil-gaiman