Greenbrier Bunker, White Sulphurn Springs. West Virginia | Man-Made Marvels of the Underground World

Greenbrier Bunker, White Sulphurn Springs. West Virginia

The madness of the Cold War era is best represented by this once super secret facility. Built 720 feet into a hillside under the Greenbrier Resort, the bunker was finished in 1961 as nuclear shelter for members of Congress in the event of a nuclear holocaust with the USSR. Protected by a 25-ton blast door, the two-story facilities are extraordinary. The bunker could house 1,100 people and was equipped with a decontamination chamber, a power plant with purification equipment and three 25,000-gallon water storage tanks, three 14,000-gallon diesel fuel storage tanks, a communications room, a clinic with a medical and dental operating theatre, a lab, a pharmacy, a cafeteria, an intensive care unit, meeting rooms, and more. After the Washington Post published an article revealing its existence, the government decommissioned the bunker in 1992.

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