by Brendan Lynch | May 01, 2006

a bunker at Greenbrier Resort

Paging Dr. Strangelove:
The bunker below
the Greenbrier Resort

In the darkest hours of the Cold War, the U.S. government excavated a deep hole under one of the nation’s most exclusive hotels, the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., to create a bomb-resistant bunker where Congress could shelter in case of a nuclear attack. When completed around 1962, the 112,000-square-foot subterranean complex featured two-foot-thick concrete walls, 25-ton steel doors, state-of-the-art communications and complete medical facilities. For 30 years, few people knew about it.
    The secret facility was revealed in press accounts in 1992, and today, the once-classified site is available for theme parties, receptions and meetings, offering five refurbished meeting rooms ranging from 670 to 730 square feet.