Secret Subway

Secret Subway

The Fascinating Tale of An Amazing Feat of Engineering

Book - 2009
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In 1869, Alfred Beach wanted to build America's first air-powered railway below New York City, but Boss Tweed, powerful politician and notorious crook, opposed. Working under night cover, Beach and his crew carved a three-hundred-foot tunnel beneath a department store. Before long, the project was discovered and the public raved about its potential. But no further tunnels were ever built. What happened to Beach's railway, and where is it now?
Publisher: Washington, DC : National Geographic, c2009
ISBN: 9781426304637
Characteristics: 96 p. : ill., map ; 25 cm


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In the 1860’s, Alfred Beach was convinced that the answer to New York’s traffic problems was a subway system, but building it would have meant enormous sums in bribes to Boss Tweed, so he kept it a secret, building the subway under the busiest street in the world with no one knowing.


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