- Author: Craig Outhier
- Category: Lifestyle
- Issue: May 2012
Tired of the tried-and-true? Does the above-board leave you feeling, well, bored? Then join us for a tour of the Valley’s hidden gems, secret shops, infamous haunts and unseen underbelly. From extra-menu eats to suburban moonshiners, we throw back the covers on the uncoverable.
How better to begin our exploration of “undergound” Phoenix than to look, literally, underground? The Valley is not an obvious hotbed for subterranean adventure – after all, we have that troublesome,
cement-like layer of caliche under our feet, which is why so few of us have basements and underground abattoirs and the like. Still, where there’s a will – and perhaps a Caterpillar 420EST backhoe loader – there’s a way. So join us in taking a peek under the Valley’s sun-drenched surface. And bring your flashlight.
The Westward Ho tunnel:
So-called “urban explorers” – i.e. city-folk who relish going places they shouldn’t – went into a tizzy when Valley Metro crews unearthed a 4-by-5-foot tunnel near the Westward Ho during Light Rail construction. Believed to be part of a primitive air-return system for the 85-year-old building’s original cooling unit, the tunnel terminates somewhere in the Ho’s basement and remains the off-limits Golden Fleece