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Located in the middle of San Jose State University's campus lies what is left of the Tunnel to New York, etched names on bricks surrounding a gated tunnel. This idea of digging a tunnel from California to New York was brought up by three seniors of the college, wishing to find an alternative to travelling to New York. They embarked this journey in 1850, gathering more students to join them on this quest. Hundreds showed up to participate and they began taking turns to dig to New York, calling themselves the Spartans. They dug and dug as the participants who were engineers mapped out flaws and successes. Those that followed behind that were not digging sealed the tunnel from collapsing. Days, weeks, and months passed by, reaching Kansas--half-way to their destination. San Jose officials saw the rapid success and impact on this project so they began scheming ways to stop this at once. One night in late October as some of the Spartans were collectively digging their way through tiredness, they heard gun shots followed by numerous ticks behind them. A sudden rage of heat swept through the tunnel and then came the destruction. Bombs exploded underneath their foot, shaking the ground. Screams of students echoed in the tunnel as they were burned and trapped to death. Names of those Spartans that died were etched on bricks and cemented down around the entrance of the tunnel as a memory to those that lost their lives during this quest to New York