The Wagner Opera House was used in different ways, from being an entertainment place to being a church then switching over to The Boy’s and Girl’s Club. But before it burned down the building in the past was used as an opera house, and rumors have said that there were tunnels used by the actors and actresses to escape the fame. It also is said that actresses and actors went from building to building to be in their plays and it was easier to get from point A to point B for them. Now imagine being an actor or actresses and your waiting in the tunnels to come up for your big play and you can hear the people waiting for your wonderful performance.
These tunnels underground have been used for many things back in the day, but one of those things was running liquor back and forth from building to building. It was a thing to smuggle alcohol during the prohibition but liquor runners took it to another level by doing it underground. The underground tunnels were very useful to these people who wanted alcohol, so why try to smuggle alcohol above ground when you can do it underground.
The tunnels were spooky but now are evolving into beautiful scenery. These tunnels were part of an art gallery that sat under the Best Impression Artisanal Printing that stands there now. Art is a beautiful thing so why not put the tunnels to use and have an art gallery under Oshkosh.
Written By: Gus Daebler
Historic Location: Wagner Opera House