Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Pre-Civil War Tunnels

Have you ever wanted to visit Charleston, South Carolina? Maybe you have a historical interest in Fort Sumter, or perhaps you want to stroll the walkways along the waterfront. Or maybe you want to know more about the pre-Civil War tunnels that snake under Charleston, installed in the 1850s partly to prevent another epidemic of yellow fever. The tunnels were designed as a drainage system, exist under Charleston’s streets, and are made of brick. Since 1856, the tunnels have been adapted into part of the sewer main system, and were later used for storm water drainage. They still exist, but periodically have to be updated and reinforced; sometimes the updates are finished before accidents, but other times updates are forced due to collapses.