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Harry & Bille
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From:Jenks, OK, USA
Registered: Jun 2003

posted June 18, 2003 05:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Harry & Bille     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sometime around the early 1920's there were some tunnels built under the town of Ardmore, Oklahoma, according to rumor. These tunnels, stretching from about Caddo St. to about Washington St., connected several businesses, including at least one bank. Supposedly, someone who had been in the tunnels reported seeing blood on the walls. Later, there were walls erected, blocking some of the tunnels. Noone seems inclined to discuss these phenomena; in fact, mention of them brings about a stony silence on the part of Ardmorites. Please, someone, enlighten us!
Were they to serve bootleggers, or other law breakers? Can you solve this mystery?

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a2z2
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From:Oakland, Maine, US
Registered: Mar 2003

posted June 20, 2003 12:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for a2z2   Click Here to Email a2z2     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
FASCINATING! I'll be checking back hoping you get a reply with information on this! As a girl from Chicago (with an entire underground city), I am most intrigued!

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butterfly
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From:Ardmore, OK USA
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posted August 06, 2003 12:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for butterfly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Okay, I have lived in Ardmore, OK all my life
and my Dad has always talked about the tunnels under the town. From what I understand they were used by bootleggers, and by the way they used to call Ardmore (little Chicago) if you have lived here long enough to hear all the stories. I have not seen the tunnels for myself. but I do know where the entrance was. Just a few years ago they blocked them off because of young children getting down in there. About a year ago or so the Daily Ardmorite did a story in the newspaper about them but only once and nothing has been said since. We have alot of new people here now and alot of them don't even know anything about them. I guess it just depends on what side of town you grow up in. Ardmore is a good town full of alot of local business operators trying to make it. We are proud of the growth that our town has made. I don't know exactly why the tunnels were made to begin with but Ardmore was mainly built because of the Airbase that used to be in Gene Autry and because of the Railroad. The tunnels are located near the Railroad station so, that may have had something to do with it. I will ask my family more details.

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akturnbow
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From:Rancho Murieta,CA
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posted October 20, 2006 01:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for akturnbow   Click Here to Email akturnbow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I grew up in a small town in central Oklahoma-there they also have tunnels underground,as a child I was curious so I went down into one(entry was below the remains of an old bank on main street).I got caught there w/in minutes.While under there I saw visible fallout shelter signs along a corridor and other locked doors as well as a room full of old war rations...I was told not to ever go back there or else...
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Originally posted by butterfly:
Okay, I have lived in Ardmore, OK all my life
and my Dad has always talked about the tunnels under the town. From what I understand they were used by bootleggers, and by the way they used to call Ardmore (little Chicago) if you have lived here long enough to hear all the stories. I have not seen the tunnels for myself. but I do know where the entrance was. Just a few years ago they blocked them off because of young children getting down in there. About a year ago or so the Daily Ardmorite did a story in the newspaper about them but only once and nothing has been said since. We have alot of new people here now and alot of them don't even know anything about them. I guess it just depends on what side of town you grow up in. Ardmore is a good town full of alot of local business operators trying to make it. We are proud of the growth that our town has made. I don't know exactly why the tunnels were made to begin with but Ardmore was mainly built because of the Airbase that used to be in Gene Autry and because of the Railroad. The tunnels are located near the Railroad station so, that may have had something to do with it. I will ask my family more details.

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biggun
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From:ardmore,ok,73401
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posted May 19, 2008 10:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for biggun     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
ive been told the tunnels were used by business men to go from the bank to the bar and not be seen (may have been proabition or something ) underground bar, and i was told the tunnels also went to broadway st. were the knox hotel was located (brathel) i have been told that you could enter the tunnels from the old hudson houston lumber yard but never have seen the entrance personally but makes sense it was located next door to the brathel. there are some people currently renevating some old buildings on the end of main street and they took pictures of the tunnel entrances in the basements to see pics.

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Geoff Crolley
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posted November 25, 2008 11:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Geoff Crolley   Click Here to Email Geoff Crolley     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I don't know the area but it looks to me as if you have got a potential tourist trap there (no pun intended). A ready made adventure ground, if taken over by a trustworthy company making the tunnels safe, would get the adrenalin going for any adventure tourist. With the addition of mystery, which they have, its perfect, especially if you come up in a bar.

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CRIDDLE
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From:ardmore ok usa
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posted July 07, 2010 03:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for CRIDDLE   Click Here to Email CRIDDLE     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hello. I have lived in Ardmore for several years. I've heard a lot of people (who've live dhere all their lives) say that there are indeed tunnels underneath the city in that area... Some even claim to have been gone through them before. I had never heard but only one lady tell me about them being closed down due to unsolved murders. I will ask her more about it if I get the chance. I will say this, I have alos been told by very old people this"Ardmore is run by a bunch o frich people that want every thing to be their way. They don't want progress. No one can ever get ahead in this town, or have any say". It may not be true, but I've heard more than one group of elderly saying similar things.

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jrandolph
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From:Broken Arrow, OK
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posted August 01, 2010 01:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jrandolph     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
a couple of yrs ago my grandpa told me that not too far from mounds/liberty mounds there use to be a very small area known as little chicago, of course for bootlegging and there were as many as 19 saloons in this area. i though that was crazy and i am in the process of writing a script and maybe a screenplay for a movie about it. There was a movie entitled Little Chicago many years ago but I would like to title the movie "Little Chicago."

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