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alternate entrance to the underground

In the early 70s I remember entering the underground through s street level door thaat then went down a LONG staircase to an area near the calliope. Does this entrance still exist and where?


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I remember that Calliope at one end of a dark hall-way and the steps leading up to ground level. It was functioning and the various steam-powered whistles, horns and percussion would play various circus tunes....I also remember one of the venues on that hall-way had various antique coin-operated arcade games, kinetoscopes (moving picture viewers)and something unusual that I haven't seen since. There were various large aquarium size glass boxes on pedestals. Each glass box contained a "scene" (farm, haunted house, zoo,etc.) with various human and animal characters (made of metal or porcelain) which were attached through the floor of the box w/ a metal stem which would move along a track or groove. The stem holding these characters were attached to a timing mechanism, much like an old clock mechanism. The characters and scene would move around when you put in a coin. These still worked, eventhough they were from the 1800s or early 1900s. After several years, this antique arcade room and the calliope were gone. Do you remember this?

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