Thursday, September 27, 2007

Chinatown Tunnels Under Fresno

27 September 2007

Archeologists probe secret tunnels coursing underneath Chinatown

By JULIANA BARBASSA Associated Press Writer

FRESNO, Calif. -- Tunnels run beneath Chinatown: brick-walled passages that were once home to people and activities that couldn't be mentioned aboveground. [...]

Local lore holds, though it still hasn't been proved by research, that a tunnel one time extended beyond the railroad tracks into the traditionally white part of town, possibly allowing "respectable" citizens access to the illicit charms of Chinatown. [...]