8th Street Tunnel
The 8th Street Tunnel was first built in 1888 as a 1,100 ft. tunnel under downtown Kansas City Missouri, connecting the bluffs of the West Bottoms to 8th street and Delaware in downtown.
In 1903, the tunnel was enlarged, and expanded to a distance of 3,000 ft.
In 1962, the tunnel entrances were filled and capped with a vault, and the tunnel was abandoned.
In 1974, the tunnel was being researched for automobile use.
However, the tunnel was lost, and could not be found. It was lost until 2004, when two men of a survey team seen a metal object emerging from the ground. The two men, dug up the object and found it was the east vault to the tunnel.
The tunnel was opened and found to be intact, except for a caved in part under Interstate 35.
The tunnel was then sold to a private party, and now give tours of the tunnel in the summertime.
- Tunnel under downtown Kansas City Missouri and Interstate 35
- Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri
- Open to pedestrians for tour in summertime.
- Built 1888; abandoned 1962, opened for tours in 2005
- - Cable Car
- Kansas City Cable Railway
- Kansas City Public Service Co. (KCPS)
Total length: 3,000.0 ft. (0.6 mi.)
- Also called
- West Bottoms streetcar tunnel
- Approximate latitude, longitude
- +39.10478, -94.59043 (decimal degrees)
39°06'17" N, 94°35'26" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
- Approximate UTM coordinates
- 15/362481/4329607 (zone/easting/northing)
- Quadrangle map:
- Kansas City
- Inventory number
- BH 36477 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
- March 8, 2017: New photo from Luke
- August 10, 2012: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Railroad"
- July 18, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Edited status and added link
- April 24, 2008: Essay added by Max Johnson