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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 .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wisconsin Family Discovers Fully-Stocked Fallout Shelter In Their Back Yard 50 Years After It Was Installed At The Height Of The Cold War

 

Preserved: The previous owner of the shelter packed away candies, raisins, Hershey's syrup and other sweets - likely as treats to get through the long weeks underground

 

” For more than a decade after they moved into their house in Neenah, Wisconsin, the Zwick family knew they had a Cold War bunker in their backyard. 

It was not until 2010 that anyone thought to open the heavy steel hatch, climb down the ladder and explore the 8-foot-by-10-foot chamber that the home’s previous owner had built to protect his family from a nuclear attack. 

Floating in five feet of water that had seemed into the bunker were sealed U.S. Army boxed packed with all of the supplies a family would need to survive two weeks underground.

‘We assumed it was just this empty space,’ homeowner Carol Hollar-Zwick told the Appleton Post-Crescent

The boxes, old military ammunition crates, contained markings that suggested there might be explosives inside, so the family called the local branch of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. 

Agents opened the crates to find… Hawaiian Punch.

‘It was all of what you would expect to find in a 1960s fallout shelter. It was food, clothing, medical supplies, tools, flashlights, batteries – items that you would want to have in a shelter if you planned to live there for two weeks.’

Everything remained remarkably well-preserved, thanks to the airtight containers the supplies were kept in. 

The family donated all of the items to the Neenah Historical Society, which has curated an exhibit about the Cold War and the fear of the Soviets using ‘the bomb.'”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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