Sunday, September 22, 2013
History in Kansas small towns is everywhere. In Ellinwood, it's right under your feet.
Richard Casagrande had been coming to Ellinwood for years. Now he owns, not only a building, but the history below.
There is history in his store antiques, but most people just driving by, would never know, that under Richard Casagrande's store, is something quite amazing.
"I don't think people realize there was a whole community underground."
"This would have been active from about 1887 to 1920."
Underground, cowboys and anyone else, men mostly, could barber, bank, bath and brothel without attracting much attention.
"I think there is a wonderful sense of history down here, most of what is here is original to the period and much of it is original to the location."
No replica's here. Real stuff in real rooms underground where cowboy life was lived, but not seen.
The tunnels were found years ago by Ellinwood resident Adrianna Dearolf, whose family had owned the buildings for years. She's gone now and Richard now has the business whose history becomes more important with every passing day.