THE BOULDER CONTINUING SURVEY 1: FORESTS AND TUNNELS

Today, we present a field report gathered in cooperation by the Outdoor Exploration Expeditionary Force and the Department of Post-Industrial Architecture. It is the first in a series of new reports exploring the city of Boulder and its environs, known as the Boulder Continuing Survey.

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It was a dark, misty day when we set out on our expedition. While we were close to our base of operations in Boulder, it didn’t feel that way: surrounded by dense mist and denser forest, we were enveloped by a sense of otherworldliness.

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Around us were dark green trees, and rising up above them were the jagged teeth of the Rockies. The forest seemed fit for demons, witches, and spirits of Medieval superstition. One could imagine the strangest things emerging from the void above us: my fellow operative and I spoke of mysterious zeppelins, terrible creatures that filled half the sky, faces of gods faintly looming overhead.

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The path first emerged from the forest at a flat outcrop on the side of the mountain. Apparently there was once a luxurious mountain resort here at the turn of the century: it had its own fountain, and even a funicular! However, it burned down long ago: all that’s left of it is a hearth.

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After continuing up the path a ways, to our surprise we encountered a cliff, and running along its edge a train track up on the mountain. A strange and high-altitude place for a railway.

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A great doorway loomed out of the mist, plunging deep into the mountain. It bore the year ‘1948’ engraved on its left side, fitting in oddly well with the primeval and ancient forest that enveloped it.

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We only went in a little way, knowing that soon dusk would arrive and we needed to return to Boulder to file our paperwork.  However, one day we will return and find what is on the other end.

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