Greenbier Bunker Blast Door

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Workers at the Mosler Safe Company, circa 1960, stand by one of the two giant blast doors they built for vehicular entrances to the secret fallout shelter for Congress located underneath at the Greenbrier resort in White Sulfur Springs, West Virginia. The door is 19.5 inches (49.5 centimeters) thick and weighs more than 20 tons.


For the story behind the bunker, read Ted Gup's exposé,

"The Ultimate Congressional Hideaway," Washington Post Magazine

, May 31, 1992



Credit: Mosler Safe Company (courtesy Richard Gardner)