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Iron Range business opens Prohibition escape tunnel

A business in Bovey will open a 1920’s vintage tunnel purportedly used by patrons of an illegal bar to escape if the place was raided by police.

Annabella's Antique Mall in Bovey plans to reopen a secret speakeasy tunnel at a “red carpet event” from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. tonight.

The building, at 407 Second St. on Bovey’s main drag, used to house a hardware store, and part of the store allegedly operated as a speakeasy during Prohibition. Guests are welcome to attend in glitzy, 1920s or '30s costumes. To enter, you'll have to give the official speakeasy password to the guard at the door.

The password can be found on YouTube at the Bovey edition of the eight-minute promotional/historical series “Gems of Itasca" that includes a history of Bovey, including the famous photo "Grace" of a man giving thanks in prayer before eating a simple meal.

The password can be found at, but you have to listen carefully when the actor playing the speakeasy patron gives the password to the guard at the door.

Free-will donations from the tunnel event will go to the Gems of Itasca community development project.