Houston Tunnels and Skybridges Volksmarch- 07/28/2017

Houston’s “underground” is a system of tunnels 20 feet below the downtown streets and more than 6 miles long. Having started out years ago as a tunnel between two downtown movie theaters, today it includes restaurants and retail and connects 95 city blocks.  Only Wells Fargo Plaza and McKinney Garage on Main offers direct access from the street to the tunnel; otherwise, entry points are from street-level stairs, escalators, and elevators located inside office buildings that are connected to the tunnel.  The underground is open Mon – Fri, from roughly 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Our walk route followed tunnels and skybridges.

We registered at the Fannin South parking lot and we rode the Red Line Train uptown.

We got off at Main Street Square station.  Carol posed with the art there for me.

A mural in one of the eating places we passed in the tunnels.

Escalator going up to walk on the skybridges.

Ed on one of the skybridges.

View of the Houston skyline from a skybridge.

Walking a mall area.

A lobby we walked through.

Another Houston skyline picture featuring BG Group Place. It is the 46-story skyscraper in the middle of the picture.  Completed in 2011, it is the most eco-sensitive skyscraper in Texas.

Atrium flowers.

Fountain on top of a parking garage we walked past while on a skybridge.

Going back down to the tunnels.

City of Houston logo in the floor.

Parking garage entrance to City Hall.

Three generations walking together.  They passed us on the walk.

Somewhere in the tunnels.

“Trumpet Flower” by Patrick Renner located between City Centre and its parking garage.  


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I am an avid Volksmarcher. I belong to Texas County Walkers in Mesquite.
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One Response to Houston Tunnels and Skybridges Volksmarch- 07/28/2017

  1. Bill Chance says:

    Very interesting entry. Dallas has a similar system of tunnels and they were very popular when I first moved here. Lately, they have been discouraged, allowed to deteriorate, and some people advocate their removal because they are seen as taking away from a vibrant street life. It’s an interesting question.

    Thanks for sharing.

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