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Strange tunnel opens under Lubbock yard

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - A strange tunnel has been found under the yard of a West Texas home and Texas Tech historians will try to figure out the function of the space.

KCBD-TV (http://bit.ly/15HB5kc ) reports the homeowner wasn't sure what happened Sept. 2 when his sprinkler disappeared as the lawn was being watered.

Lee Smithwick says a hole about 3-feet across formed in the lawn. The sprinkler ended up in the tunnel that collapsed.

Officials with the National Ranching Heritage Center as Texas Tech University were summoned.

Curator Scott White says the tunnel is an "interesting mystery." Officials believe the tunnel was built after 1909 because railroad ties were used in the construction. That's also when a railroad line arrived in Lubbock from Plainview.

Online: http://nrhc.ttu.edu/

Information from: KCBD-TV, http://www.kcbd.com

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