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What’s Hidden Underground In This Luxury Hotel In Kentucky Is Unexpected But Awesome

The history in the Bluegrass State is quite colorful, from bourbon to horse racing, to the underground scene during prohibition. Most port towns have some interesting tales to tell from that era, and Louisville is no different. One such place with some renowned stories to tell is the famed Seelbach Hotel at 500 S 4th Street, which was immortalized in the Great Gatsby. The Seelbach is one of the greatest hidden underground secrets in Kentucky… Why?

Most people don’t expect a hidden underground den of sin in a luxury hotel, but all towns have their secrets. Only the most renowned had underground secrets in Kentucky that made the record books, and fewer made a novel, like “Great Gatsby.” Some say Newport is the original Sin City, but the history of Louisville may dispute that title.

The history of the Seelbach, right down to Al Capone and illegal card games:

The Great Gatsby at the Seelbach:

 

The Seelbach today:

Tour the secret passages under the Seelbach:

The Seelbach isn’t just a 4 diamond hotel; it conceals the entrance to one of the greatest hidden underground secrets in Kentucky. This was the place for gangsters, like Al Capone, to come and enjoy late night card games and illegal activities. This isn’t the only underground secret in the state. You can read about more of Kentucky’s underground world here.

Jenn Shockley
I am somewhat a cliche'. I grew up running around barefoot on a farm in Kentucky. I love writing, art, sunshine, all animals and my incredibly patient husband, who tolerates my "crazy animal lady" side.