The Ghosts of Underground Rome

Sep 7, 2017

A flood devastated Rome, Georgia in 1886. According to local lore the waters rose high enough for a steamboat to float down Broad Street, the town’s main thoroughfare. This event inspired city leaders to elevate the street, and all the buildings along it. Business owners recently opened up their basement doors for people to tour the remains of old Rome. We took the tour, and brought back this audio postcard. 

Looking up an old elevator shaft that may have been used by Rome's 19th century undertaker.
Credit Rachel Parker

City planners of 1886 reportedly raised Broad Street for about $3,000. “They couldn’t afford to build a levy. So what could they afford to do? Well, they raised the street,” said architect and volunteer tour guide Mark Cochran.