Subterranean Twin Cities

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In Subterranean Twin Cities, geologist, historian, and urban speleologist Greg Brick takes us on an adventurous, educational, and-thankfully-sanitary journey beneath the streets and into the myriad tunnels, caves, and industrial spaces that make up the Twin Cities' fascinating and surprisingly vast underground landscape. In this groundbreaking tour, the first of its kind of the Twin Cities, Brick mines the stories that lie below the city surface.
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Overview

In Subterranean Twin Cities, geologist, historian, and urban speleologist Greg Brick takes us on an adventurous, educational, and-thankfully-sanitary journey beneath the streets and into the myriad tunnels, caves, and industrial spaces that make up the Twin Cities' fascinating and surprisingly vast underground landscape. In this groundbreaking tour, the first of its kind of the Twin Cities, Brick mines the stories that lie below the city surface.
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Author Greg Brick qualifies as the quintessential Twin Cities Mole: For two decades, this geologist, historian, and urban speleologist has been exploring Minneapolis–St. Paul's vast and varied underground landscape. In this engaging, illustrated, groundbreaking book, Brick shares his nonpareil research on Minnesota caves, tunnels, and subterranean industrial spaces, ranging from geological wonders to 19th-century tourist attractions. A smooth combination of scientific savvy and apparently unquenchable curiosity.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816645978
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Publication date: 4/6/2009
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 954,531
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Greg Brick has been exploring, researching, and writing about the St. Paul and Minneapolis underground for more than two decades. The author of Iowa Underground: A Guide to the State’s Subterranean Treasures, he has worked as a hydrogeologist and geologist at environmental consulting firms around the country. His work has been featured in National Geographic Adventure Magazine as well as on the History Channel.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction xi

The Geology of the Sewers 1

I The Early Caves

Quest for the Inner Sanctum: Carver's Cave at Midnight 11

A Wild Goose Chase through the Sewers: The Hunt for Fountain Cave 29

II Buried Rivers

The Urban Nile: The Subterranean Streams of St. Paul 45

Among the Spice Islands: Minneapolis's Underground Rivers 65

III The Great Sandbox

The Cave under the Castle: Brewery Caves 85

The Medieval Temples of Mushroom Valley: St. Paul's West Side 101

Velvet Underground: Abandoned Sand Mines 123

IV The Milling District

Subterranean Venice: Minneapolis's Mill Tunnels 135

Boat Ride to Oblivion: Chute's Cave 145

Down the Rabbit Hole: Nicollet Island Caves 157

V Utilities

A Lonely Day under the Mortuary: The Fort Road Labyrinth 169

Behind the Silver Door: Utility Labyrinths 179

VI Pluto's Kingdom

Lost World: Schieks Cave 191

The Big White: Channel Rock Cavern 205

Sources and Further Reading 213

Publication History 219

Index 221

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  • Posted May 6, 2009

    Sub Par Twin Cities

    The book would have been ok without exposing the power struggle between the author and almost every other local person that engages in this sort of activity. He really wanted to drive that part home a bit more than the history and adventure the cover and title seem to infer. After reading the book and then later some other websites that mentioned it, it came to light that some of these adventures may not have been Mr. Brick's, but another person in the Twin Cities. It seems that at least one adventure was lifted, with some wording changes from an urban adventure website, Actionsquad.org. It seems that the Ford Mines adventure was taken from an article written on that site back in 2000 by the Squad's own Max Action. Maybe it is just a fluke and the guard in question sleeps right in front of a camera every night by a tunnel in a wide open area. The author goes to great lengths to get in a few cheap shots at all the other inqusitive people in the area that also go to these sort of places for reasons known only to him. Citing that they and their websites have made it impossible to go back to most of these places, yet his book contributes nothing to this growing trend, nor does the author's own website devoted to this activity. I think for the money I'd go with the Action Squad website, for a more well written and well rounded portrayl of history and adventure, and some interesting pictures. True most of the book is based on fact and there are some interesting places, but the balance is way off. His last book about Iowa was a much better read. Maybe the next one will be back on track.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 28, 2010

    Less than expected

    I was hoping for some Indiana Jones type stuff and the cover and title looked good. It was mostly bland, a few good parts here and there, but not very adventureous. It read like a history report done by myself in the 8th grade. Many references taken from the local library and a few trips into some tunnels. One cool part was where he was scared by some kids and slammed the manhole cover down to try to trap them down below. The other neat part was the daring escape from security at mine below an auto plant, where the guard was sleeping and they walked away. Some of his incoheret ramblings about kids and websites and the like I could do without. But he did stick to some facts and apparently borrowed or made up some others. Overall I would give it away ar a rummage sale, my local library didn't want it.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2013

    It's a unique and accurate telling of a world few see. The aut

    It's a unique and accurate telling of a world few see. The author obviously has run afoul of a web clique determined to slander him. Ignore the baloney reviews and read it for yourself.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 23, 2010

    Bestseller Steve Thayer's Opinion

    New York Times best-selling author Steve Thayer, a local native, has praised this book, stating that "Subterranean Twin Cities is a treasure-a book for the Tom Sawyer in all of us. Greg Brick is one of those few persons with the unique talent to write expertly about his adventures, bringing readers along with him on hands and knees."

    By contrast, the "sub par" reviewer who has posted here at B&N is almost certainly a member of the so-called "Action Squad," a group of local urban explorers who did not make the cut to be included in my book, and so have indulged their petty jealousy by libeling me here and elsewhere. Their allegations are all the more ironic considering how they used to pilfer images from my old Geocities website to use on their own website. Suffice it to say that I spent more than 20 years researching the Twin Cities underground and several years writing this book. It is the first comprehensive account of the subject ever published. With regard to the Ford Mines, for example, while I collected substantive original information about the geology of the mines-material that has been of use in subsequent real estate assessments-they seem obsessed with sleeping guards.

    I have met plenty of urban explorers at my book signings who are thrilled with the book and do not find it threatening. Visit GregBrick.org for further information and some honest reviews of my work. You can bet that even "Mr. Brown" and his friends, despite their furrowed brows, will be sneaking off repeatedly to consult my book in the coming years! Enjoy.

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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