Sunday, August 24, 2014

The Tunnel Trail

Meet Me Tonight in Dreamland 
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When young Air Force widow Trixie Blake returns to her hometown of Dreamland, Arkansas, it doesn’t take long for her to wonder if the dream is really a nightmare.

The Word Place has a new look and a new feature, Typed Tales, where I’ll post a free read every couple of weeks. Click the tab under the picture—and picture me smiling smugly because I figured out how to do this!
Be sure to follow the links for galleries of fascinating photographs and information.

In The Dreamland Series, I made lavish use of a network of underground tunnels running beneath the town of Dreamland AR. They’d been used in the past by none other than Al Capone for the purpose of making bootleg liquor and smuggling it out for sale.
There are tunnels in Arkansas—and likely in every state—but their purposes are far less exciting.
For example, in Springfield MO (where I’m headed in September for the Ozark Romance Writers Conference), the Jordan Creek Tunnel runs for half a mile beneath the downtown area. Though fascinating the photographs don’t hint at any nefarious purposes for its construction.
Traveling south to Eureka Springs, which has its own unique history, two of its original main streets are now underground due to various circumstances. There’s also a story floating around about the ‘haunted’ Crescent Hotel which has been both a resort and a quack-type hospital. Tunnels constructed for all sorts of reasons, including as an escape route for Dr. Norman Baker, whose ‘miraculous’ cures for cancer resulted in uncounted deaths. Unfortunately, if they ever existed at all, the tunnels remain hidden.
Practical purposes lie behind the construction of many underground structures which fuel the imagination. The Holiday Island Tunnel is an abandoned railroad tunnel near Holiday Island AR. Similarly, steam tunnels are in use today beneath the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.
Finally, there are the tunnels running almost two miles under the streets of Hot Springs AR. These tunnels, historically (some say) connected to Al Capone, provided the impetus for The Dreamland Series.
According to the linked website, their purpose was “built to contain the mineral-rich waters that supply the famous bathhouses of Hot Springs.”
Whatever the reasons these tunnels were constructed originally, writers will tell you a different story:  these dark, damp, mysterious places are the stuff of stories.

Don’t forget to click on Typed Tales for this week’s free read:  “No One Ever Died of a Broken Heart”.

Visit my website, Someday Is Here, for more on the Dreamland Series as well as the Penelope Pembroke Cozy Mystery Series.

1 comment:

K9friend said...

Hi Judy! It was great to hear from you. I love the new look of The Word Place.

Sounds like those tunnels could hold lots of story possibilities.

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