Are underground tunnels in downtown Durango worth preserving, revitalizing?

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Are underground tunnels in downtown Durango worth preserving, revitalizing?

Below-ground spaces make list of Colorado’s endangered places
Willa Vaughan, manager of Animas Trading Co. at 1015 Main Ave., talks about the underground space beneath the sidewalk in front of the store. Colorado Preservation Inc. listed Colorado’s “Downtown Undergrounds” with its Endangered Places program. The list includes Durango’s underground spaces on Main Avenue and those in several other cities across the state.

Are underground tunnels in downtown Durango worth preserving, revitalizing?

Willa Vaughan, manager of Animas Trading Co. at 1015 Main Ave., talks about the underground space beneath the sidewalk in front of the store. Colorado Preservation Inc. listed Colorado’s “Downtown Undergrounds” with its Endangered Places program. The list includes Durango’s underground spaces on Main Avenue and those in several other cities across the state.

Are underground tunnels in downtown Durango worth preserving, revitalizing?

The underside of a manhole cover is seen below the sidewalk in front of Animas Trading Co. at 1015 Main Ave. When businesses were heated with coal, it was delivered to stores through a chute in the sidewalk.

Are underground tunnels in downtown Durango worth preserving, revitalizing?

Blocked off stairs lead up to the sidewalk in front of Animas Trading Co. at 1015 Main Ave.

Are underground tunnels in downtown Durango worth preserving, revitalizing?

Willa Vaughan, manager of Animas Trading Co. at 1015 Main Ave., stands in the underground space below the sidewalk in front of the store. A series of tunnels and storage spaces were constructed underneath downtown Durango businesses in the 1880s. They are concentrated in the 900 and 1000 blocks.
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