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   More about this fascinating piece of history can be read here , here , here and here . Below is the introduction to a brochure from the Greenbriar Resort that explains the history of the formerly secret bunker . 

” The former U.S. Government Relocation Facility was a
top secret of the Cold War designed to accommodate both
the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives in the event
of a national emergency. 

  Planned by the Eisenhower Administration, in
cooperation with the leadership of the United States
Congress, the facility was built under The Greenbrier
between 1958 and 1961. Once completed, it was
maintained in a state of constant readiness by a small cadre
of government employees working as Forsythe Associates.
During the life of the facility, continual updating of
communications and other equipment and recycling of
supplies was affected, so that the facility was always in a
current full-operation status.

   The secrecy of its location, paramount to the facility’s
effectiveness, was maintained for more than 30 years
until May 31, 1992, when The Washington Post
published a story effectively exposing it.
The day after the story was published, the facility
began to be phased out, a procedure that was finalized
in July 1995 with the termination of the lease between
the U.S. Government and The Greenbrier.

  During the phase-out period, almost all of the
equipment and furnishings were removed from the
shelter and reassigned to government facilities
around the country.

  The former U.S. Government Relocation Facility is
a protected substructure (bunker) buried 720 feet into
the hillside under the West Virginia Wing of the hotel.
It is surrounded by ceiling and walls that are three- to
five-feet thick reinforced concrete. In addition, there
is 20 to 60 feet of dirt cover between the substructure
and the West Virginia Wing.

  The facility has four entrances, each protected by a
large steel and concrete door designed to withstand a
modest nuclear blast approximately 15-30 miles away,
and to prevent radioactive fallout from entering the
facility when it is sealed off.

  Both the West and East (Exhibit Hall) Entrances
are vehicular tunnels into the facility; a third entrance
is through the Exhibit Hall Foyer, and the fourth is a
vertical point of entry deep within the power plant.
Included in the facility are 44 separate locations
with 153 rooms making up a total of 112,544 square
feet on two levels.”

 

 

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The resort is still in operation as it has been since the days of the Revolution and it’s website can be found here .