Rumors of a bunker for the US Congress have been around for a long time. But the journalists of The Washington Post dotted all the i’s. Their article, published on May 31, 1992, declassified the location of a radiation shelter intended for the government.
The underground bunker, where it was planned to accommodate 1,100 people, decided to hide in plain sight under the famous Greenbrier resort in the mountains of West Virginia. For a little over 30 years it existed in absolute secrecy. None of the staff had any idea that there were more floors underground. The builders managed to hide the 25-ton door behind the wallpaper.
The only document confirming the connection between the government and the former owner of the resort was a letter classified as “secret”.
Work began in 1958 and lasted for three years. The total area of the premises was over 10,000 square meters. The bunker contained a meeting room, communication booths, dormitories, a hospital, a pharmacy, a canteen, a laboratory, a power station, water and fuel storage tanks. Fortunately, all this turned out to be unnecessary. The bunker at Greenbrier was never used.
Following the termination of the lease with the government, the shelter was renovated by the current owners of the resort. Now it has become a local landmark. Guided tours are conducted here. For $ 39, anyone can see it all with their own eyes.