There are tunnels under Downtown Boise. Some have been closed or sealed off but there is a main walkway underground with a lot of off shoots hallways, storage areas secure areas, offices, a café and more. The underground tunnels are mostly used by government and state employees. The tunnels go under streets, sidewalks and buildings mostly in and around the capitol in downtown Boise.

I took a tour in the tunnels and was astonished by the old paintings and mini murals that lined the walls. Most of the original paintings are dated from 1986, 1987, and 1988. There is a 1992 one in there too along with a few newer ones from 2012. The original art has been hiding from the public in these underground tunnels for 35 years. I felt drawn to share them and hopefully get a few stories from the artists.

What I have been told so far is that they were done by high school students.  There have been rumors that when the capitol went through its renovations that the tunnel was also going to be renovated and that these would be painted over. I am personally happy that that did not happen and that the original paintings are still there. If state officials want to put up new murals that's great, there are still plenty of blank space. I love that the history of these murals -for now- has been preserved. Don't get me wrong most of the art there isn't monumental, after all it was done by high school students, but it tells a story and holds some history.

Take a look at all of the art that lines the underground tunnels...

The Forgotten Art in Boise's Underground Tunnels

Most of the art that is underground in the tunnels in downtown Boise is dated from 1986, 1987 and 1988. There are also some newer pieces from 2012. Explore this unseen murals.

Gallery Credit: Nikki West

History of Boise Sports Arena and Concert Venue Names

A Historic Look at 9 Nightclubs, Restaurants and Stores At Boise's 6th and Main

Have you ever spent time reading some of the nomination forms for the historic buildings in Downtown Boise? The one submitted in for "Old Boise" included a lot of your favorite party spots and restaurants near 6th and Main. Do you know what these buildings used to be? Scroll through and check it out!

Gallery Credit: Michelle Heart

Historic Idaho School House Converted Into Exquisite 16 Bedroom Home

The Roosevelt Inn is currently owned by John and Tina Hough (yes, Derek and Julianne Hough's aunt and uncle.) They're hoping to sell it as a home or bed and breakfast so they can retire to Texas before John's 65th Birthday.

Gallery Credit: Michelle Heart

Historic Boise Church Turned Modern Home

The house is 4,869 square feet with 4 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. According to the listing on Realtor, the house won the 2021 Building Excellence Award in Design and Renovation.

Gallery Credit: Credit Realtor.com

Historic Boise Home Built in the 1800s is Selling For $1 Million

"The Jones House" built in 1893 is historic and elegant Queen Anne Style home that is now on Boise's market for $1 million!

Gallery Credit: Credit Remax

Boise's Historic Trolley House Restaurant Can Be Yours for $1.7 Million

Risqué Business: Historic Idaho Brothel Selling for Just $48 Per Square Foot

Gallery Credit: Michelle Heart

More From 103.5 KISS FM