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[[Image:Tunnelsmap.gif|thumb|240px|From Wikipedia's [[w:Columbia University Tunnels|article on the tunnels]].]]
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[[Image:TunnelSystem.png|thumb|240px|Based on Wikipedia's [[w:Columbia University Tunnels|article on the tunnels]].]]
  
Columbia has an extensive tunnel system connecting most buildings on campus and acting as conduits for steam, electricity, telecommunications, and other infrastructure. It is a foreboding place where unspeakable acts of pure horror are committed.
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== Oldest tunnels ==
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Columbia has an extensive '''tunnel system''' connecting most buildings on campus and acting as conduits for steam, electricity, telecommunications, and other infrastructure. The tunnels are a mysterious, foreboding place fully explored only by legendary figures in campus history.  They are rumored to be where unspeakable acts of pure horror are committed.
  
The oldest tunnels are from the mental asylum that existed before the [[Morningside Heights]] campus was built. These tunnels are small and extremely hot, and they connect to ''Buell/La Maison Francaise'', the one building remaining from the asylum. The steam tunnel system between ''Hamilton'', ''Kent'', ''Philosophy'', and ''Fayerweather'' connects to these old tunnels.
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== History ==
  
== Mudd/Uris/Havemeyer tunnel system ==
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:''See main article at [[History of the tunnels]]''
  
Another steam tunnel system connects ''Mudd'', ''Uris'', ''Dodge Fitness Center'', and ''Havemeyer'', and is generally considered the easiest to access. These tunnels contain old rail track that was used to transport coal for heating. They also contain the "Signature Room," where one can find many quotes and names left by previous tunnelers. As with all tunnels on campus, these contain many more secrets for students to discover. This tunnel system also used to connect to the first floor of [[Pupin Hall]], but that way was blocked in the 1990s.
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== List of tunnels ==
  
Until the Summer of 2003, the first floor of Pupin was virtually untouched from the last days of the [[Manhattan Project]]. Notes and daily logs scattered dusty tables. Half-completed experiments sat in stasis, only visible to the few explorers who got in. Since 2003, the first floor has been cleaned out, and is now mostly empty. However, one of the first cyclotrons remains, though it is difficult to access.
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:''See main article at [[List of tunnels]]''
  
== Other tunnel systems ==
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== Maps ==
  
Another tunnel system connects ''Havemeyer'', ''Math'', ''Lewisohn'', and the ''Miller Theater''.
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Old maps, from the 1950s, are accessible easily from the [[Columbiana]] Library. They are still roughly accurate. If you bug the reference librarian enough she might bring over the newest editions of the grounds maps. These new maps unfortunately can't be posted online due to copyright restrictions.
  
Tunnels also connect ''Butler'', ''Carman'', ''Lerner'', and supposedly ''Furnald'' and ''Hogan''. ''John Jay/Hartley/Wallach'' can also be reached from this system, but the door is locked, and the tunnels connect to JJ's Place, making exploration difficult.
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The map at the top of this article was created by former Columbia student [[Mike Schiraldi]] and released under the GFDL. It was created in 1999 so it's somewhat out of date, and is incomplete. The purple areas, marked "rumored," are just that; they almost certainly don't exist. As described in the map's legend, different colors are used to indicate different types of tunnel and levels of certainty:
  
A tunnel between ''Butler'' and ''Low'' is rumored to exist, but no evidence of such a tunnel has ever been found. Any entrance to this tunnel from ''Butler'' is well hidden or heavily locked, and the ''Low'' entrance would be next-to-impossible to find given that Campus Security is based on the first floor.
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* Green lines indicate areas that are not only known to exist but also places that the Columbia administration openly allows students and staff to be. For example, the underground connection between Hartley and Wallach halls.
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* Yellow lines indicate areas that are known to exist but considered off-limits to all but Columbia's maintenance workers.
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* Purple lines indicate rumored connections that have not been verified. In particular, there is almost certainly no tunnel under Broadway or along College Walk.
  
There is no tunnel to the ''[[Barnard College|Barnard]]'' campus {except that you can just walk through the subway station - DUH!), and almost definitely none to [[East Campus]].
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==Famous tunnel explorers==
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* [[Benoit]] - a famous tunnel explorer who still answers questions about and leads tours of the system
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* [[Ken Hechtman]] - a student whose group [[ADHOC]] wrought havoc in the tunnels in the 1980s and subsequently was expelled for stealing uranium from the [[Pupin Hall|Pupin]] basement
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* "Brian" - '''Current (2020) CU senior''' who can show students around. Message miningcu@gmail.com. Anonymous emails may be ignored. [[features.columbiaspectator.com/eye/2016/04/13/unearthing-the-underground]]
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==See also==
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*[[Tunnelling guide]]
  
 
== External links ==
 
== External links ==
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* [http://www.columbiauniversitycampus.com/#/restricted-access/Innards-5726/ Restricted Access Photographs]
 
* [http://www.columbiatunnels.org columbiatunnels.org] - inactive
 
* [http://www.columbiatunnels.org columbiatunnels.org] - inactive
* [http://www.columbiaspectator.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2003/03/27/3e82ed7b94b47?in_archive=1/ Columbia Spectator Article on Tunnels]
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* [http://www.columbiaspectator.com/node/11905 Forbidden Tunnels Guard CU History] - [[Columbia Spectator]] article
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* [http://freethetunnels.blogspot.com/] - FREE THE TUNNELS
  
 
=== Photos ===
 
=== Photos ===
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* [http://www.undercity.org/photos/Columbia/index.htm Photos]
 
* [http://www.undercity.org/photos/Columbia/index.htm Photos]
 
* [http://www.undercity.org/photos/CriticalSpaceEquip/index.htm Cyclotron]
 
* [http://www.undercity.org/photos/CriticalSpaceEquip/index.htm Cyclotron]
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Latest revision as of 00:37, 1 September 2019

Based on Wikipedia's article on the tunnels.
See also Wikipedia's article about "Columbia University tunnels".

Columbia has an extensive tunnel system connecting most buildings on campus and acting as conduits for steam, electricity, telecommunications, and other infrastructure. The tunnels are a mysterious, foreboding place fully explored only by legendary figures in campus history. They are rumored to be where unspeakable acts of pure horror are committed.

History

See main article at History of the tunnels

List of tunnels

See main article at List of tunnels

Maps

Old maps, from the 1950s, are accessible easily from the Columbiana Library. They are still roughly accurate. If you bug the reference librarian enough she might bring over the newest editions of the grounds maps. These new maps unfortunately can't be posted online due to copyright restrictions.

The map at the top of this article was created by former Columbia student Mike Schiraldi and released under the GFDL. It was created in 1999 so it's somewhat out of date, and is incomplete. The purple areas, marked "rumored," are just that; they almost certainly don't exist. As described in the map's legend, different colors are used to indicate different types of tunnel and levels of certainty:

  • Green lines indicate areas that are not only known to exist but also places that the Columbia administration openly allows students and staff to be. For example, the underground connection between Hartley and Wallach halls.
  • Yellow lines indicate areas that are known to exist but considered off-limits to all but Columbia's maintenance workers.
  • Purple lines indicate rumored connections that have not been verified. In particular, there is almost certainly no tunnel under Broadway or along College Walk.

Famous tunnel explorers

See also

External links

Photos