Season 3 Episode 8

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Hi! It’s Steph & Mike from This Is Colorado.net, Season 3 Episode 8. Welcome to our podcast!

Mike: shoot indoors in Broomfield,  

Steph: SLAYER, Camping, Tattoo Shop BBQ, Roger Barris, Steph’s friend Matt in Glenwood, 5280 Armory Shooting Range

A New Review! – Penny Cat 3 says, “Good Listen”, Good show, fun to listen to, and funny too. Good job and glad Mike & Steph take time to do this!

That makes 7 ratings and a 4.5 out of 5 stars in total. Thanks everyone! You ROCK! If you have a moment, please do us a favor and go to iTunes to leave a 5-star rating and review to help new people find our show. You can find directions for how to do this on our webpage at http://www.ThisIsColorado.net/ShowSomeLove 

Fluff Article- https://mjbizdaily.com/denver-awards-second-cannabis-social-use-license/ (More of a puff article, lol)

News Article- Mountain Goats are Not Natives…! https://www.9news.com/article/news/local/next/our-minds-are-blown-learning-mountain-goats-are-colorado-transplants/73-587387675

 

Feature-         

What do you know about Colorado’s underground?

·         DIA Tunnels?

·         The Red Rocks famous hidden tunnel?

·         What about underneath the bridges like off 44th & Quebec where some homeless make camp in extreme fire danger & filth?

How about the Colorado State Capitol? It was Built in 1894 and the tunnels connected prominent buildings in Denver including The Brown Palace, The Oxford Hotel, A hospital, The Blake Street Vault, Union Station and The Navarre Building (a once-private-girls-school-turned-brothel was built with a number of tunnels that spread throughout the city, which are thought to have been constructed in order for male visitors to secretly travel to the brothel/bar/gambling hall from other locations in the city.)

At the time of building and expanding these tunnels, those in charge decided to connect them to areas that would or may be needed by any government official at any time, and was used by the elite class of Denver's Capitol Hill. Locations included grocery stores, butcher shops (currently the Rio Grand Restaurant), kitchens and laundry facilities.  

It is said that a watchman lived in the tunnels under the State Capitol building from the day it opened until his death 30 years later. He scrounged for food, wore the same overalls and never openly spent money. He took his pay to the bank each month and exchanged it for silver dollars. When he died, searchers combed the tunnel looking for his silver, but they never found it.

Another story says that in June 1916, members of the Colorado National Guard were mobilized to fight Poncho Villa and so-called Mexican bandits on the Mexico-New Mexico border. To prove they were brave soldiers, when members of the state militia captured and executed a couple of the "bandits," they cut off their heads, placed them in jars of alcohol and shipped them back to Colorado for display. The state did not know what to do with the heads, entrusting them to the Colorado Historical Society. The latter allegedly placed them in the storage area by the tunnels under the state capitol - and that's the last that's been seen of them. A rumor runs that in the midst of Prohibition some heard that the heads were packed in alcohol. Desiring to get any amount of that substance possible, the jars were supposedly drained. Other stories persist that they float around in the tunnels.

Stories for the Gas Fire Ring

Long Hopes Donkey Shelter Rescue  

Per an unidentified Sheriff that works this beat, “We are always up on the second floor, and hear our names being called out. Like right behind us. We turn around, and no one is ever there."


"There are all kinds of muffled voices in the tunnels. No one likes to go in there. The employees are mostly too scared to walk through them. Most of the nurses would rather die than transfer a patient from one ward to another down in those tunnels."


"The television sets are always turning themselves off and on. It could be a timer. But timers can't make the sound go loud and soft again. Something has to touch the button ... and there is no one there."
"I like to think that it might be nothing. But too much has happened to deny it, like the nurses do"

The tunnels generally have police presence, so no trespassing, though you can obtain written permission from the Hospital or the Denver Sheriff’s department.

Per AnAmParanormal.com, they “Unanimously called this place haunted, and unfriendly.   Arrange your permissions to investigate with the Sheriff's or hospital staff, but only if you think you have investigators that can ignore the creepy feeling that follows you around.”

But why were they built in the first place? It was actually for a very practical purpose. At the time when these buildings were built, they were all heated by coal. The cemented over ore cart tracks are evidence that mules used to walk the tunnels, hauling coal from one place to the next. Coal dust was not the only health hazard down there either. The sewer from the Capitol would drain down using gravity and flow into an open trenches.

No good underground space would be put to good use if it didn’t hide treasure at one point. The State stored its Treasury down there over 100 years ago, and today you can find the last vestiges of the marble used to build the capitol. The Rose-onyx marble is still down there, securely hidden away.

Most of the tunnels that used to connect dozens of locations have been blocked off or filled in due to safety concerns.

Per Author Tracy Beach, who authored “The Tunnels Under Our Feet”, there are 14 other locations in Colorado that have undergrounds. Pueblo, Victor, The Stanley Hotel, Old Colorado City, Durango, Salida, Canon City, Florence, Trinidad, Colorado Springs, The Broadmoor Hotel, Cripple Creek, Leadville, and Fort Collins. If you’d like to purchase her book and learn more about the underground, please visit Amazon through our link on the show notes page. It won’t cost you anything extra, and we receive some pocket change.

Problem Solving- What did we learn today?

1)      New Ratings & Reviews make us happy! Hook it up and thanks again to Penny Cat 3!!

2)      The Mountain Goats we love and adore are not natives, see? Not all non-natives are bad, in fact, they can be pretty cute!

3)      Colorado has tons of underground tunnels, and maybe demons at the State Capitol ones 😉

Sources:

https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/colorado/denver/denver-underground/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4et0PeeARb8

http://www.anamparanormal.com/126

https://denver.cbslocal.com/video/3658461-homeless-camps-targeted-as-underground-tunnels-discovered/

NORAD

https://kdvr.com/2016/05/02/take-a-trip-into-denvers-secret-underground-tunnel-system/

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