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Greenbrier Hotel and Secret Bunker

Almost a year ago, I spent a wonderful week in West Virginia and one of the things I have always wanted to see was “Project Greek Island”, the infamous secret bunker under the west wing of the hotel. This bunker was built during the Cold War to house the legislative branch of the Government in case of a national emergency.  The bunker was decommissioned in 1992 after it was outed in a newspaper article.  Unfortunately, pictures were not allowed so I have obtained a few from the internet of the inside.

Greenbrier Bunker - Cafeteria (Photo by others)
Greenbrier Bunker – Cafeteria (Photo by others)
Greenbrier Bunker - Auditorium for Congress (Photo by others)
Greenbrier Bunker – Auditorium for Congress (Photo by others)
Beds line the dormitory for members of Congress. (Photo by others)
Beds line the dormitory for members of Congress.

The tour was fascinating and the part I found interesting was the bunker was both built and hidden in plain sight.

Blast door hidden behind false door. (Photo by others)
Blast door hidden behind false wall. (Photo by others)

Below is the only picture I was allowed to take with the false wall opened revealing the blast door.  The room beyond was part of the bunker and was used by the hotel as meeting space during the time the bunker was active.  No one ever knew they were in a Cold War bunker. Continue reading Greenbrier Hotel and Secret Bunker

Thurmond, a West Virginia Ghost Town

My jot of photography and history sometimes takes me to out-of-the-way places.  I not only enjoy taking photos but also learning the history of what ends up as a photo on my computer.  This adventure took me to Thurmond, West Virginia, a once thriving town with only a handful of residents still there.

Thurmond is different from the other abandoned ghosts towns along the New River in West Virginia as it was a was not built around a coal mine but on the needs of the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad who served many of the mining towns.

During the towns heydays between 1900 and 1930, a passenger depot, freight station, engine house, water tank, coal and sand towers all were constructed, along with hotels, New River Banking and Trust Company, Armour Meat Company meat-packing plant, stores, boarding houses and restaurants.

In 1930, there were 462 residents and according to the 2010 census, only 5 residents were left.  Basically my kind of place for photos.

The Train Depot and One Lane Bridge
The Train Depot and One Lane Bridge
Depot and Bridge (1945)
Depot and Bridge (1945)

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