Did you know that there are 11 miles of tunnels under downtown LA? Creepy cool, right?
Dave Malkoff from KTLA did a nice piece about it a little over a year ago…

“Downtown Los Angeles is postcard perfect with its high rises, trendy bars and signature sports venue.

But buried beneath all of this is what many Angelenos are unaware of says LA Historian, Richard Schave, “there are 11 miles of tunnels at one point connected throughout downtown Los Angeles…..

Mysterious murals, rusted machinery, and broken down brick line the basement of the King Eddy Saloon on 5th and Main – an establishment that’s been around since the 1900’s.”

Read L.A.’s Underground Tunnels


Today I came across this superb article from KCET, written by. You don’t have to be a history buff to enjoy this piece of LA history. Not only fascinating, the old photos are great.

“Underground passageways hold the power to excite–especially when they’re hidden underneath a busy city soaked in sunshine. News reports have explored the miles of pedestrian tunnels still buried beneath the civic center. Action films and car commercials often feature images of automobiles speeding through the Second and Third Street tunnels.

Other tunnels in downtown Los Angeles, including L.A.’s first subway, were landmarks for decades but are no longer open for exploration or exploitation……

This subterranean shortcut shaved tens of minutes off travel time between Hollywood and downtown Los Angeles. On September 15, 1909, local citizens celebrated its opening with a Tunnel Day joyride down Sunset Boulevard, motorcars and horse-drawn carriages racing alongside the Los Angeles Pacific’s streetcars”

Read more about “The Lost Tunnels of Downtown LA”

 Angelenos practice an air raid drill in the former Pacific Electric subway in 1958. Courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library Photograph Collection.


Cecilia Rasmussen at The Los Angeles Times writes…

“The little-known tunnels have been used for transferring criminals and, once, a billion dollars…officers with submachine guns, shotguns and gas grenades guarded the loot while others pushed the carts.

Nearly 70 years before the Red Line subway began whisking passengers under the Civic Center, Los Angeles was already a city with tunnel vision.

Beneath the busy streets of the City of the Angels is a complex network of pedestrian tunnels that stretch several blocks from Spring and Temple streets to 1st Street and Grand Avenue….”

Read Footpaths beneath L.A. echo history

  • Mike McDaniel

    Why are all the comments on this article so damn weird? “so many interesting informations”? “I am agree with the post”? I feel like I’m having a stroke!

    • Bob

      The “accent” in those ‘weird comments’ (if one can be gleaned from text) ‘sounds’ Eastern European to me, Slavic, perhaps, or Russian.

      Not sure, though, why a local blog would be attracting so many readers from the Eastern Bloc.