Twin Cities Tunnel Pirates

A special production of Alaska Urban Exploration.

Even newer new stuff that's somewhat new!

Mississippi Bridegroom
Not your average wedding participant
Ghost Train
An abandoned and slowly rusting train parked in the middle of nowhere, Wisconsin (Does WI actually have anywhere else?).
After the Bomb
Forgotton leftovers from the nuclear age: An abandoned 1950s air force suburb lost on top of a mountain.
Bureau of Mimes
During the 1950s the Department of the Interior invested millions in visual communication, attempting to reverse-engineer mimes captured in wartime
Teeners
A block of abandoned and semi-abandoned buildings in downtown Murderapolis.
Minnesota Building
A very pretty art-deco building in downtown St. Paul.
Smart Meat
When you want to slap around a big chunk of meat, you know where to go! It's the 15% added "marbling agent" that makes it so smart!
S&M Bank
A very kinky financial institution.
Hanson Concrete
Who knew that bad 90's boy bands also built cement products?
Yoerg's Other Cave
Not the Yoerg's cave you thought you knew, this one features creepy halloween effects and angry liquor store staff!


Newly (or fairly recently) posted updates:
Butt Grove Valhalla
Unique features, awesome photo-ops, killer design, and a challenge to find. Simply stated, one of the most amazing and feature-filled drains in the Twin Cities area. A wake-up call to those who say "drains are boring".
Boring Tunnel Machine
This thing is truly boring, really disinteresting in fact. I'd say give it a pass unless you like driving mine trains around or tunneling your way into people's basements for a laugh. We wouldn't do that though, it would be unethical or something. 
Lucky 13 Drain
A typical MNDOT deep drain tunnel, with some interesting side passages leading to a variety of abandoned tunnels and features. 
Carlizzle Tower
Fo Shizzle, the Carlisle condo high-rise was a pretty sweet construction site while it remained accessible. After a full cardiovascular workout to reach the roof, one was rewarded with some unique top-down views of downtown Minneapolis. 
Scala Cave
"Paris style" may be the Cliche here, but an Italian-style aqueduct  in St. Paul? We had to go all the way to Naples, Italy to understand the purpose behind this mystery.
Eastman Tunnel
Long thought lost to flooding or collapse, a section of this very historic tunnel still exists beneath the Mississippi River. 
Chute's Cave and Tunnel
One of the many "natural" caves encountered by tunneling projects around the Twin Cities. Also one of the most researched and publicised, but still poorly understood. 
Minneapolis Brewery Cellars
The last remnant of a once thriving brewery in downtown Minneapolis. These sandstone caves were nearly destroyed by sewer construction, but now provide a haven for bats. 
Landmark Brewery / Stahlmann Cellars
Another proud German beer castle, with an uncertain future. Built over the ruins of an earlier brewery, including artificial sandstone caves of legendary size and depth. 
Party Cave
A fine example of 19th century silica mining, now a prime target for stoned teenagers seeking shiny things, and a frequent victim of bumbling city officials.

Slightly older explorations:

Pilsbury Flour Mill
UMN Campus
Castle Flour Mill
Hollywood Theater
Phalen Creek Drain
Batcave / TCRT
Murderapolis Drains
Fort Road Labyrinth
Colt 45 / TCRT
Island Power Station
Crackland.
West Bank Tailraces
Amphitheater Drain
MBA Grain Elevator
Drake St. Drain
 
 Tuttle Creek Drain
 

Other Midwestern Sites:

Abandoned Iowa Mall.
Abandoned Missouri Mall
Natural Cave / Drain (MO)
Cairo, IL Abandonments
Missouri Sandstone Mines
St Louis 05
East St. Louis
Armour Meat Packing
Lemp Brewery Caves
St. Louis Prison
YMCA
 

Older photos from Summer 2004

Triple Helix Drain
Satan's Cave
Lillydale Cave
Washburn-Crosby Mill
Excelsior Tailrace
Rosemont (The U-Lands)
"Piggs" Brewery
The Place (with the stuff)
South Dakota Brewery Caves
Chicago Trade School
Sharkago general photos
Abandoned Sharkago Church

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Recent Updates:
2010:
Holy shit we're still alive! Lag time is approaching epic proportions however, as this update is from last year!
After the Bomb


Summer 2007:
Whole bunch of new stuffs. Either look up at the new photos and descriptions at the top, or clicky below:
Chute's Cave and Tunnel
Boring Tunnel Machine
Butt Grove Valhalla
Carlizzle Tower
Scheik's Cave
Scala Cave
Eastman Tunnel
Heinrich Brewery Cellars
Landmark Brewery / Stahlmann Cellars
Candyman AKA Stage Cave
Lucky 13 Drain
 

January 2007:
Tuttle Creek Drain

August 2006:
Drake St. Drain

St Louis 05
East St. Louis
Armour Meat Packing
Lemp Brewery Caves
St. Louis Prison
YMCA

June 2006:
Pillsbury Flour Mill
Amphitheater Drain
MBA Grain Elevator