Boston January 03, 2018
The Haunted Tunnel In Boston That’s Not For The Faint Of Heart
Many of us ride the T every day. Usually, we’re concerned about out-of-service trains or running late. If you take the Green Line, you can add complaints about it stopping every few inches. However, it’s a safe bet that you don’t spend your commute stressing about ghosts!
But maybe that’s not such a wild thing to worry about…
The tunnels around Boylston Street Station, on the Green Line, have long been rumored to be haunted, especially at night.
You might even say these subway tunnels are doubly haunted.
When this station was being built, workers disturbed a mass grave under Boston Common.
The remains were those of British soldiers who died during the Revolutionary War.
Over time, the bones had become mixed together, making it unclear exactly how many people were originally buried in this mass grave. After several months of excavation, between 900 and 1,100 bodies were removed.
The bones were reinterred at Central Burying Ground on the Common. You’ve probably seen the marker for the mass grave, even if you didn’t know the story behind it.
Early trolley drivers passing through Boylston Street Station reported seeing men in red coats, standing on the tracks.
The other reason that the Boylston Street stop gained a reputation for being haunted is because a tragic event took place directly above the station.
In 1897, a faulty gas pipe caused an explosion that rocked the intersection of Boylston Street and Tremont Street.
At least six — and possibly as many as ten — people died in the accident, and many more were injured. Some people thought that the spirits of the victims got trapped in the tunnels below.
Have you ever seen anything weird
— wait, make that paranormal — on the Green Line at night?
Learn more about
Boston’s haunted hot spots here or check out the most bizarre things that you never knew happened in our city.