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Digging Deep: Cracking the Mystery of the Dupont Circle Tunnels

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Beneath the present-day Hotel Palomar there used to be a network of tunnels built by a bug expert/bigamist. Seriously.
Rebecca Sheir
Beneath the present-day Hotel Palomar there used to be a network of tunnels built by a bug expert/bigamist. Seriously.

You might know about the old streetcar tunnels under Dupont Circle, but nearly a century ago, an entirely different -- and lesser-known -- series of tunnels was discovered on P Street NW. Rebecca Sheir visits the area with D.C. preservation buff Kim Bender, and hears about the mysterious tunnel system, and how this bizarre collection of passageways was the work of a man well versed in bugs and bigamy.

[Music: "Tunnel of Love" by Wanda Jackson from Queen of Rockabilly]

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