LSU's underground tunnels

POSTED: Thursday, July 7, 2011 - 7:46pm

UPDATED: Friday, July 8, 2011 - 7:38am

LSU's  campus is busy almost any time of day, but things are much different underground.

One of the secrets you'll find on LSU's campus is the underground tunnels. We went to talk with Jim Mayne of Facility Services to find out a little bit of history about these underground tunnels, "the original concept was around the quad. One of the existing tunnels runs along South Campus Drive out to Highland Road, all the way past the union, all the way to the law center."

In all there are more than two and a half miles of tunnels running underneath the campus. When they were built in the early 1920's they served a specific purpose, "originally built to house utilities to hold specifically the steam system."

Over time, as word of the tunnels got around, so did questions about other uses, LSU student Josh Berluschaux has his theory on what he thinks the purpose of the tunnels are, ""i was thinking the indians cause you got the Indian Mounds. I'm thinking underground is old and tunnels are old." Devon Bowie, also an LSu student, has a theory too, "I know the school used to be a military school back in the day, so maybe something to do with that."

Neither of those rumors is true. What's also not right is a myth that former Governor Huey Long built the tunnels so his son could stay dry on his way to football games. Jim Mayne discounts that urban legend, "there are some trenches that go into Tiger stadium , small flat foot high two foot wide type things."

Not all of the tunnels are quite that small. Many of the miles of tunnels are walkable , Mayne says you can't get in to every building or Tiger stadium, "you really can't get in to any of the buildings from the tunnels. There are a few buildings in the quad that you can get in, but certainly co-eds cannot get in to the dorms."

Mayne goes on to say even though they don't lock anything up, nobody is allowed inside. This leaves the sole purpose of the underground maze what it was built for more than 90 years ago.

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