Tunnels of Moose Jaw Series by Mary Harelkin Bishop
Reviewing the "Tunnels of Moose Jaw" in Moose Jaw
Moose Jaw tunnels reveal dark tales of Canada's past
First were Chinese immigrants. Some of them were indentured servants, some were railroad workers, other opened laundromats and restaurants to cater to the population of mostly single, male miners. In order to avoid the head count tax, many of them went underground—literally. They operated their businesses and even in some cases lived in the abandoned tunnels beneath Moose Jaw, where they could escape the racial persecution of Yellow Peril. When Prohibition hit in the s, the tunnels had a new purpose. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of Atlas Obscura in your inbox. Follow us on Twitter to get the latest on the world's hidden wonders.
The subject who is truly loyal to the Chief Magistrate will neither advise nor submit to arbitrary measures. One of the strangest stories in 20th-century Canadian history is coming to light thanks to excavations under the streets of Moose Jaw. For more than 75 years, city officials denied rumours of a network of tunnels located under this sleepy city, once one of the wildest frontier towns in the Canadian West. Now part of the network has been restored and is open to tourists. Promoted as The Tunnels of Little Chicago, the underground maze has become the city's most popular tourist attraction, with more than , visitors to date. Local researchers have interviewed many of the city's senior citizens to get at the long-hidden truth. Eberle says work on the tunnels began in about after several Chinese railway workers were savagely beaten at the CPR railyards by whites who believed the Chinese were taking their jobs.
What does the word "tunnels" represent? The term tunnels refers to passageways and corridors which interconnect basements, storage rooms, and hidden chambers. Have these tunnels existed for many years? These passageways and others like them would have been built around the time these businesses were constructed which was in the late s and early s. What were the original tunnels used for? We believe the earliest use was as utility tunnels between buildings. The steam engineers who maintained the boilers constructed these access passageways so they would not have to exit one building to get to the next.
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We did both tours, one on one day Nd the second one the next day. The AL Capone tour is much more We did both tours back to back, which worked out well. They were both very interesting and provided The AL Capone tour is much more light hearted and fun, whereas the Chinese laundry tour is very serious and educational - and a very sad era on Canada's history They were both very interesting and provided lots of information. A little Canadian history tucked away in these tunnels.