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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

August 9th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Underground Clemson

(Photos Uploaded By Alan Cutts)

Today’s photos are a part of Clemson that few have ever seen. In fact, many believe that underground tunnels at Clemson is just a myth that is perpetuated on generations after generations that walk on Clemson’s campus.

Yet, they are very real.

At one time in the early 1980’s there were over 4,300 feet of utility tunnels running underground around campus. Given the amount of construction since that time I'm sure these tunnels have been expanded.


The tunnels contain electrical, phone and fiber optic lines as well as steam heating lines along with other utilities. Basically they run from the Power Plant toward the Shoeboxes then toward East Campus.

They were greatly expanded in the 1960s with the construction of East Campus. Some of these tunnels date back to 1942 and were originally connected to the old steam generating plant, which was located where the Student Union plaza is now.

Below is a photo of the old Power Plant. You can see part of the 3rd Barracks to the right of the photo.

One access point into this underworld is the basement of Sirrine Hall.

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