Denton Underground Secrets

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Buried deep beneath the surface of the Denton countryside, a huge military installation lies abandoned and almost forgotten. This top-secret, three-story military complex has six hundred acres underground, miles of tunnels and hundreds of air shafts. Throughout the county, a network of regularly-spaced and heavily-filtered air shafts once connected the secret underground to the surface above. They drew fresh air in and pushed foul air out.

      When the base closed in the late sixties, its ventilation system was dismantled. The fans, the motors and the buildings that housed them were all hauled away. The openings were sealed tight and each site was then covered up and camouflaged.  Sometimes the deception was obvious and easy to read, sometimes not so obvious. Either way, the underground base was closed and its air shafts sealed tight and hidden from view.

Denton Underground Secrets


 

 

About the Author

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Underground Discovery

 

 

My name is ***********.  I am a long-time Denton resident and part-time Denton historian. In the course of my research, I discovered the location of hundreds of once top secret, now abandoned air shafts throughout Denton County. This is a sample of my findings.


Across the tracks

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I first heard about the Denton underground tunnel system in the mid nineteen seventies. I was in route to an afternoon keg party located across the tracks when I saw a large piece of concrete lying in the pasture. This slab, I was told, was poured in place to seal an abandoned air shaft, part of a huge underground tunnel system throughout Denton county.

 

 


 

 

Three trees

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Within days of the keg party, someone showed me another sealed air shaft where three trees stood guard over a concrete slab at Bowling Green Park. Over time, this site became more “park like” with the addition of the swing set, climbing gym and picnic table.

 

 


 

Oops

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03 Oops

As a Denton resident in the seventies, I knew about the strange intersection of Bonnie Brae and Scripture. Bonnie Brea was intentionally offset to the west at Scripture Street. I could not think of any “animal, mineral or vegetable” that could have required this road change. The only thing that made sense was that the road had to be altered to avoid a collision with the underground secret stuff. Indeed, the aerial photos from 1942 confirmed that this change to the road had already taken place.

 


 

 

Two Trees

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06 Two Trees

Flash forward thirty five years. I drove down Bonnie Brae and saw a concrete slab freshly framed and poured between two trees. This sealed air shaft was disguised to be part of the Disk Golf Course.

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Lone Silo

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014 Lone Silo

 

In line with others. Aerial photos from 1964 show a large square structure on this site. Today, it is covered with a large rust silo that has no doors, no windows, no path, no gate and no culvert. It stands alone in a pasture covering up its former purpose.