how to get into the catacombs

how to get into the catacombs

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curious party

Sperry, OK

#1 Jan 29, 2013
I wanna go down there how do.I it.?
andy feltertwat

Huntington, WV

#2 Jan 29, 2013
Are u in Paris. I can help if that's what u mean.
curious party

United States

#3 Jan 29, 2013
No downtown Huntington
andy feltertwat

Huntington, WV

#4 Jan 29, 2013
Never heard of them. Do u know where they are?
Nub

Butler, PA

#5 Jan 29, 2013
They were sealed up years ago

“broke out”

Level 2

Since: Jan 13

Virginia Beach, VA

#6 Jan 29, 2013
i think you can get into there from the keith albee. at least you could 20 years ago
long time ago

Chesapeake, OH

#7 Jan 29, 2013
All of this is bullshite
mac

Huntington, WV

#8 Jan 29, 2013
curious party wrote:
I wanna go down there how do.I it.?
There are double doors at the bottom of the steps to the mens bathroom at the Keith Albee. On the other side is the tunnels. There are a couple different ways to them but the doors are always locked.
anon

Chesapeake, OH

#9 Jan 30, 2013
Those doors lead to the basement I. Keith Albee you can also go down the stairs in the pit in front of stage. There are no catacombs

There use to be a service tunnel that went under 4th Ave that connected Keith Albee to the Fredrick building but it was sealed/Caved in years ago.
The One

Sumerco, WV

#10 Jan 30, 2013
From an educated sorce, the undergrown tunnels go to the Ohio River. I'd try exploring near the riverbanks. I have been in part of the tunnels from a buisness on 9th Ave., downtown.
Brandon Roberts

Chesapeake, OH

#11 Jan 30, 2013
From my understanding the frederick has tunnels that connect to the keith albee. There is also a house in Ohio that supposedly has a tunnel entrance, it for sure peaks my curiousity. I'd go if anyone could get someone to gain access, I do know that the hankins family owns the Frederick, maybe contact them?
Star Gazer

Addison, NY

#12 Jan 31, 2013
I've heard everything about the catacombs/tunnels in Huntington from them going throughout the Huntington area and going in basically every direction (or a bunch of connected tunnels, I guess) to just the tunnel connecting the Fredrick & Keith Albee (as far as I can gather that one really exists or existed at one time and helped performers appearing at the Keith Albee but staying at the Fredrick to more easily transport props, etc. between the two but has since been blocked off or caved in or some say you can get into them from KA but they no longer go all the way across.) to the story about them connecting to the house in Ohio (usually when someone tells that story or version they say it was part of the Underground Railroad to get slaves across the river easier & safer). I've heard they were once used for mob purposes and/or bootlegging during prohibition. I've heard people say somewhere in the maze of tunnels is a huge dining hall and ballroom (not sure who was supposed to have used them but some of the people that claim those areas exist I've even heard say the tables in the dining area were still elegantly set where they were suddenly abandoned for some unknown reason).

In other words, the stories about the tunnels are worse than a game of telephone. Someone at some point had to know about a tunnel somewhere and told friends and family about it and from that point everyone that hears the story gets a version a litle bigger and more outrageous and with more details than the story that was told to the person telling them. I'm like everybody else, if they existed I wish someone knew enough about them to know where they go, how far they go, where you can get in and out of them, what they were there for to begin with, etc. But, because I have never heard a single person, young or old, give any verifiable information (other than one small, short tunnel between The Fred. and KA) I have to believe it's just rumors that either came from one or two small tunnels existing but people embellishing the facts about them for a better story or someone literally just made it up a long time ago and it's held on through the years because it makes for a good story to tell).

For one thing, anyone and everyone that has ever entertained the notion of them existing, especially if they had a really interesting history as in being part of the Underground RR, a bootlegging or mob secret highway and hiding spot, would pay good money to get the grand tour. The city has to know there is an immense interest in them and also understand how much money they could bring in by allowing people in, so I would think they wouldn't be rumors then but instead they'd be a tourist attraction. If they were ever utilized in anything of popular interest, historical subjects or events then even Huntington's horrible leadership and economic advisors would know that sinking any amount of money in it to restore it to it's original condition and make available guided tours and/or exploration for a reasonable admission price then they wouldn't be long regaining their initial restoration investment. I honestly cannot think of a single reason why the city would allow such a potentially lucrative idea just continue as nothing more than rumors and deny they ever existed. It doesn't make sense to do so. Granted we don't have geniuses running Huntington but that would be a no-brained.

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Since: Dec 11

United States

#13 Jan 31, 2013
Brandon Roberts wrote:
From my understanding the frederick has tunnels that connect to the keith albee. There is also a house in Ohio that supposedly has a tunnel entrance, it for sure peaks my curiousity. I'd go if anyone could get someone to gain access, I do know that the hankins family owns the Frederick, maybe contact them?
Is this B-Rob, Brandon Roberts from around Milton? I just now read this and I DEFINITELY wanna go down there!
knowbetta

United States

#14 Jan 31, 2013
Does anyone remember bout 2 summers ago when all those big blocks if styrefoam were lined up on 4th ave? I was told they were for filling in the tunnels. These were big ass blocks of styrefoam.
smallbusinessown er

Peytona, WV

#15 Jan 31, 2013
i have a small business in the plaza area.. i have access to the tunnels.. amazing to see.. very beautiful old art...
andy feltertwat

Mount Gilead, OH

#16 Jan 31, 2013
What business is it? Would u show me?
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otell me

Hurricane, WV

#18 Jan 31, 2013
I wish
Chester Copperpot

Huntington, WV

#19 Jan 31, 2013
Goonies never say die!
DrEviler

Charleston, WV

#20 Jan 31, 2013
Watch out for the Morlocks
Marketing 101

Addison, NY

#21 Feb 1, 2013
smallbusinessowner wrote:
i have a small business in the plaza area.. i have access to the tunnels.. amazing to see.. very beautiful old art...
If you are telling the truth then post your businesses name and offer some sort of special where if you buy X amount of merchandise you get a free, short tour or just offer tours flat out for a certain admission price. Either way, you would make a killing so the only reason you would have not to do this would have to be you are just lying about access or possibly you are under some type of contract/rules mandated by the city forbidding it. So, when do the tours start?

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