Above: The story of Solvieg and Turid at the Blalock Medical facility, immigrants from Norway and caught up in the 1919 flu epidemic, was a legend at the mansion. Turid had died but came back on a regular schedule to talk with her mom. Story of the Blalock and the flu epidemic in the category of stories above. Will work on getting a link working, hang with me.
The tunnel, below, built from the Blalock Mansion to downtown Port Edwards was the idea of the serious but practical asylum director, Dr. Cindy Ratchett. Planned with the citizens of the mansion, in 1905 she and others devised a building project, a half mile tunnel. This was done in secret, and not even the officials from the Village of Port Edwards knew about it. If you travel in the present-day 7th Street area, great quantities of earth that workers brought up can be seen as mounds around the original mansion foundation.
The tunnel entrance in the basement was a starting point, dipping down and under the waterway later known as Ripple Creek. It also went under the railroad tracks by a safe margin, coming up near the railroad depot. There the Blalock citizens could emerge when no one was looking and in that way could blend into the crowds at busy village times. Dr. Ratchett felt it essential that the citizens/ patients of the Blalock Asylum could adapt to the outside world.
The tunnel remains to this day, but few people know exactly where it is.