What better way is there to forget about something, other than to bury it. Back in those days, early nineteen hundreds or so. If you wanted to forget about something, hide it…you ended up burying it. Straight up….
Well they ended up burying a river, an ancient river that ran straight down the center of the city. The river that gave birth to the city, now lies buried in the belly of it.
Totally forgotten…a river draining 50+ square miles of land, forgotten below the feet of the men who buried it and whom now walk upon it.
You see what they did was, they rerouted the river though through a series of massive underground conduits.
Well let me tell you, when that bad boy starts working, accentuated by heavy rains, it can easily be cracking water discharge volumes of 10,000-15,000 cubic ft a second, at the mouth. Gravity dumping that water straight into the bowels of the city.
They did their best to tame that river, enclosing it in a subterranean network of sewers. A subterranean world that see’s no light, separated from our sun, in some places by 15 meters. All that water, flowing down that river, is first loaded into 3 barrel like granite based ,concrete poured conduits. Shortly after, the river is commanded by a massive junction chamber. Engineered to compress itself, into a set of massive hallways that seem to go on forever. High above these waters, not far from the ceiling, drains of various sizes jut out of the walls. Sending small streams of similar fate to the floor far below. At this point, the only on lookers is old graffiti murals, decades old. Only illuminated momentarily by explorers and travelers alike that are brave enough to traverse this far.
Well once that river accepts its fate, its like it calms itself by the command of an enormous junction chamber. The chamber instructs the river to follow another course. A course into a single century old brick laden tunnel. A sewer bored into the rock, that has little air for a man to sustain his own life, let alone the river. A river this deep in the earth releases no scream of a man. Its only companion is the draining of other large buried streams, that hold the same fate.
Do not try to access the Jones Falls Conduit! It’s dangerous. Getting caught within, or even trying to get in, probably could be considered a serious offense. Especially after the events of 9/11. These pages provides a complete virtual tour of the system that you can enjoy without risking your life or a criminal record. An explorer already risked their life, so that you can explore virtually from home… so stay safe, and stay away!