Awesome, Spectacular, Historical and Marked “Top Secret”

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There is a resort located in located in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, and is set against the breathtaking panoramic view of the Allegheny Mountains.  The 6,500-acre resort is known as The Greenbriar.

There, vacationers can enjoy the preferred hotels and resorts property offering 710 luxurious sleeping rooms, a championship golf course (where the PGA Tour has previously stopped) and where many brides choose their memorable wedding days.

Those more adventurous seek out the Casino Club, which The New York Post has hailed as “the best in the world.” Historians recognize it as a National Historic landmark, over 200 years old and visited by 26 U.S. Presidents

And perhaps most curious, is the 112,5000 square foot, 20 to 60 feet deep area hidden under the Greenbrier – an enormous fallout shelter code named “”Project Greek Island” or more simply called The Bunker.  You might recall that in the 1950’s, Americans feared a nuclear war.  There was particular concern about how the government would continue in the aftermath of a nuclear attack and hence a top secret U.S. government relocation facility for members of Congress and their staff was built there.

The project began in 1958. The seclusion of the Allegheny Mountains and within relative proximity to Washington, D.C., the Greenbrier was an ideal location.  Further, the resort already had a relationship with Washington insiders, who vacationed there, had played golf on its championship courses and taken the waters at the spa.

For 30 years thereafter, the owners of the Greenbrier had an agreement with the federal government. The agreement stipulated that in the event of an international crisis the entire resort would be turned over to members of Congress for use as an emergency location.

The underground facility contained 18 dormitories with 1100 beds, a kitchen stocked for 60 days, a hospital with 12 beds, and a broadcast center for members of Congress. The shelter had 153 rooms. The bunker was enclosed by 3-foot-thick concrete walls and 4 steel and concrete doors. There was a 7,000-foot landing strip to allow the government to fly Congresspeople to the Greenbrier in case of war.

People could live in the bunker for 60 days with ventilation. The television and radio studio would broadcast to any survivors on the outside.  The primary goal was to ensure the public that the government was still operating.

The bunker remained unknown until a 1992 Washington Post article.  The story revealed the existence of the bunker.  Once its existence was compromised, the bunker was open to the public.  In 1995 the first tours of the bunker began exclusively for Greenbrier guests.  Two years later, the general public could get a guided tour.

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