Your DREAM explore. In the KC area

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Thu Jul 03, 2008 2:03 am

Ok I know this was posted a long time ago and it had some good responses, and since I feel like I'm lacking in the urbex field lately and feel a little guilty about it I thought I'd post a hypothetcial.

If you could explore something in the KC area, something awesome, your dream exploration, what would it be. It doesn't even have to really exist anymore, or maybe it's just a dream, or maybe we can't find it. What would it be?

For me, it would have to be the mythical tunnel from the river to midtown-downtown. A lot of people talk about it, I know this guy that saw it here or explored it there while working a job etc. But no one seems to have it. Or the mythincal old steam/coal tunnels from the early 20th century. I don't mean the lighted ones now that have a thousand pipes running through them and a worker down there once a week, I mean the old cobweb ridden, dusty, smelly, rusted out pipes, brick ceiling tunnels that stretch all over for vast distances. I don't know if any of these even exist anymroe, but if they did, I'd dive headlong right back into this hobby.

On another note, where is our Indiana Jones conveniently obscure maps and info that we're supposed to run into. I watched The Last Crusade tonight and want to know, how do I get into that club with the secret books and all the knowledge and back room meetings and cool secret ninja bond stuff? What's the Holy Grail of Kansas City?

Arg. So anyway.
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Thu Jul 03, 2008 3:15 am

Id like to find some of KC's storm tunnels (ATM not the best time of year for them. as today shows). Sunflower would be nice.
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Thu Jul 03, 2008 3:18 am

I would have to say that for me as well, the tunnels would be what I would like to find. I got to check off a pylon at Bartle Hall which I'm pretty proud of.
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Thu Jul 03, 2008 3:41 am

you bastard iv always wanted to find my way to the top of those.
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Thu Jul 03, 2008 9:05 am

My dream is to go back to early to mid 90's when union station and the president were abandoned. Union station especially - could've checked out those basements/sub basements/ tunnels - it just kills me!
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Thu Jul 03, 2008 10:13 am

I'm a tunnel rat as well, so the storm drains or the old coal tunnels well under downtown would be an excellent find.
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Thu Jul 03, 2008 10:48 am

i would say..................more then likely 8th street tunnel, and also the mythical tunnel that goes from union station to the missouri river. i actually read in book that there were several tunnels that ran through kc that led to the west bottoms and the river i wanna find them all one day
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Thu Jul 03, 2008 6:57 pm

I'm gonna combine Esoteric's and Juggalette's dream into one big one for mine-I'd have loved to have seen the 8th St Tunnel when it was open to explorers-I loved the tour we took, but you don't get to go into the lower tunnel, and it's just not the same...rules ruin everything. I'd have loved to have hit up Union Station and the President when they were empty-I've heard rumors that Al Capone stayed at the President when he was in town...I'm sure there's nothing, but I'd have liked to rummaged around and see if there was anything hidden in there...
Oh, and I heard the abandoned asylum outside of Raytown(by 435, I believe), was really something to see, and I didn't make it before they tore it down....my kingdom for a time machine...
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Fri Jul 04, 2008 1:30 pm

one of my other dream explores wasnt relly abandoned it ws an old civil war hosptial in lextington that got turned into a bed and breakfast by the original owners. story goes that there was a massacre that happene there. well i been there a few years ago thanks to my former ex huband who was related to the originl owners and his mom was running their bed and breakfast. wel thanks to me staying a few nights there i got to explore it was quite amazing (even though people still resided in it) in some rooms where they did the whole museum thing they had some of the original floors in the case (yes i know soo amazing) where it still had bullet holes and blood stains from the massacre but in some storage areas i found they still hd the old furinature and some chandliers and what looks to be an old hosptail bed so i alreay did that. my ex husband just remind me of those times
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Sat Sep 06, 2008 5:21 pm

id like to explore that old casino which is now office building down by the water off 435 that would have been col.

I'd really like to have done union station as well. Now why didnt i think of doing that when i was younger. id love to explore this infamous midtown/ dowtown tunnel
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Mon Aug 06, 2012 9:10 am

to all who wanted to go in the old power house next to union station...the building was renovated awesome and still holds a lot of character and history.

not a bad spot to still go check out the lobby.
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Tue Aug 21, 2012 10:09 am

theslice wrote:I'm a tunnel rat as well, so the storm drains or the old coal tunnels well under downtown would be an excellent find.


This is one i had always dreamed of as well. I walk through union station just dieing to explore it after hours still. But all these tales of underground tunnels and passage ways has me very aroused in interest!
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Mon Dec 02, 2013 4:25 pm

ABANDONED UNION STATION
WAS INCREDIBLE!!!

I explored union station in 1993 during the city wide floods. Hell, Kansas City was busy, so I decided to skip school and work on photography homework on my 18th birthday. With a crowbar, I pried open the plywood covered side doors and slipped in with my bag, camera, and a tripod.

Once entering the grand lobby, Union station had two huge puddles on the floor with echoes of long traveling drips which reverberated off the walls like frozen time. These two auditorium puddles looked like giant mirrors to the decorated yet extremely water damaged ceiling. The first puddle was reflecting this chandelier that you were afraid to walk under. The water was sliding down chandler chain and dripping onto the floor which gave a feeling the chandler would soon fall.

The second puddle traveled down the floor of a long 90 foot tall hall and reflected a large station clock. The clock looked like a suspended 6 foot pocket watch for giants that aligned with the actual time on my casio watch. I giggled to myself but time rolled by and the minute hand stilled itself into wrong. I remember using a tactic to get a clear photo of the floor lake reflection. You had to time your camera snaps off the last drip. The dirty windows also caused problems. I was shooting B&W 35mm with a red filter and the low light levels was off my camera's light meter. I was forced to use long exposure guesswork. I counted 10 Mississippi while holding my remote shutter trigger and the photos surprisingly turned out.

The other reason Union station called to me is I vaguely remember an opened union station when I was very small. My mom and I were waiting for relatives at these cheesy modern round art deco chairs. These same waiting chairs were still there in '93 and pushed aside out of the way of the second monster puddle in the making. I even have a cool memento of a burnt restaurant menu of the fire inside union station. The firemen were definitely its last customers. The restaurant looked tore up and turned over in the name of fighting fires. Surprisingly no graffiti or copper destruction, like Union Station had a pigeon only spell cast on the building.

Last, I was out at Gringo's birthday dinner a year ago. I looked up at the ceiling and remember this strangely unique ceiling of wooden planks and supports. I know this building, Déjà vu.... But it took-a-minute to recognize the place hiding behind a running restaurant. This building was part of union station and was used for luggage and yard storage. I remembered I walked across the long station overpass over the RR tracks and down the stairs to where passengers would get on/off the trains. I then ran out in the open from the abandoned station over the last few RR tracks into this empty wooden warehouse building on the opposite side of the Union RR yard. This building is now 'Jack Stacks BBQ.' I stopped and asked a waiter and he said "Yes, I was told they stored kegs of beer in here before shipping out on trains."
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Fri Jan 10, 2014 6:52 pm

So jealous! Union Station sat there for so many years, so alluring. But pre-internet, I didn't know anyone to go in with. You just did it!
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