If you’ve always wanted to build your own impenetrable underground lair and have $ 695,000 spare, an eBay seller has the property for you. A Cold War-era communications bunker in western Kansas is up for grabs at the online auction site eBay, offering one lucky buyer the chance to own a piece of American history and the ultimate escape shelter.
The bunker, located outside of Scott City, Kansas, spans approximately 10 acres and is described by its vendor as “an incredible asset to own.” Inside, it offers 8,000 square feet of underground floor space, plus an additional 3,800 square feet consisting of a “steel mezzanine” which forms a second floor. The facility is complete with blast doors which “are nicely painted and functional” and the complex is described as “EMP protected” without further details, although if it was a communication site of the cold war makes sense. âClean floor surfaces,â the list also boasts.
The bunker is being sold on eBay by user “officefirstsolutions” who describes the bunker as “used in clean condition, sold as is without any warranty”.
The full description on eBay reads as follows:
This site was built in the 60’s at a cost of around $ 4 million (60’s money). This facility is an underground structure built as a power station on a hardened transcontinental coaxial cable route, stretching from Airmont, NY to Mojave, CA. The facility was also a base of operations for technicians who maintained a section of the cable route and its unattended repeater stations. Mineral rights go with property.
This site is partially developed into a data storage center (could be used for legal growth space in the near future) and the other half partially developed into a VIP residential area. There are a number of security cameras installed around the property to ensure the security of the facility. They can be remotely controlled for offsite security monitoring. This system includes keypad and key card access.
The bunker was designed to withstand a nearby nuclear explosion, with walls and ceilings constructed from 18 to 24 inches of military-grade concrete and steel, with four to six feet of earth between it and the surface. Inside, the ceilings are 16.5 feet high.
The facility has a standard 120V electrical system that can be upgraded to 480V, all powered by an onsite generator with a 2,000 gallon diesel fuel tank. In addition, there is an original back-up generator on site. A one ton winch at the main entrance to the bunker can be used to load heavy equipment inside or outside the facility.
The bunker also features a 10,000 gallon stainless steel water storage tank, a newly dug well and what is described only as a “working bathroom.” Two wastewater ejection pumps feed a âdouble reduction wastewater lagoon systemâ.
The site even includes a 177-foot radio tower outside the bunker which is described as “potentially revenue-generating.”
An additional description on the eBay listing offers a variety of uses for the bunker:
I have one of the best and cleanest sites available, so much renovation has been done in this facility, so much potential here as it turns out it can be finished both as a data center, laboratory, legal culture room and residential right-hand residential center, I have worked on this site for several years, put a lot more money into this site than I ask for, due to health issues and moving I am selling my project, for the right person this has a lot of potential benefits, it will take work to complete, vision, it’s not really money for installation and what has been done compared to what it is would cost from scratch this is a must see, please contact me for more info.
For serious inquiries only, please be prepared to allow us to review you and your group if there is any information sent to you, as we will NOT send plans or detailed information for safety reasons without notice. first find out who you are, email verified and phone number required, thank you for your cooperation in this matter.
The listing goes on to say that “all data center equipment, racks, servers, battery backup, power distribution” are sold separately and the price is for installation only.
Although it’s described as a ‘VIP bomb shelter’, the accompanying images show that the facility needs a little attention. Photos on the eBay listing show that the bunker is largely unfinished, with piles of drywall and insulation stacked in some rooms and interior walls unfinished in others. For a hardened escape shelter, however, the site seems hard to beat.
Given its description as being on a “transcontinental coaxial cable route, stretching from Airmont, NY to Mojave, Calif.,” The bunker was most likely part of the AT&T L-Carrier cable network, a communications system developed for send telephone signals, and later television, from coast to coast. AT&T began construction of the network in the years immediately following World War II, and the line was upgraded in the early 1960s to provide an enhanced ground connection between critical military command facilities that could survive an exchange. initial nuclear.
The ColdWarComms.org website documents and archives these installations, even including photos of many of them that appear today. The site description of the switching stations used in the L-Carrier network looks quite similar to the bunker facility listed on eBay:
They were main stations ensuring the routing of the circuits and the injection of energy in the cable. Repeaters were located every mile or two along the route in underground manholes. The cable itself was buried at least 4 feet deep. The spacing of repeaters and main stations depended on the version of the L-support system used on a particular route, the location of towns to be served by sections of the main cable, and the geography of the area. Different classes of stations provided only power supply, circuit termination and circuit switching. Power-only stations were the smallest, while switching stations were quite large and all located underground for protection against nuclear radiation and blast effects. The stations were built of reinforced concrete and had heavy armored steel doors.
Over 100 main stations and 1,000 ârepeater vaultsâ were built with enough amenities to support support teams for two weeks after a nuclear exchange. Each station offered nuclear early warning and explosion detection systems. By the mid-1980s, L-carrier lines were no longer needed, as faster forms of communication like fiber-optic cables and satellites obsolete the copper coaxial cable these stations carried from coast to coast. the other.
These types of reinforced military structures appear from time to time for sale online. In 2018, an incredibly hardened former Royal Corps of Signals post, built to spy on Soviet communications, went on sale, complete with its golf ball-shaped radome. In 2019, Grist House Brewing in Pennsylvania purchased an abandoned 1950s Nike Missile Master Direction Center outside of Collier Township, Pa., And converted it into a brewery. Other Cold War-era facilities can now be rented for television and film productions.
It may not be about turning nuclear weapons into plowshares, but at least these abandoned relics from the Cold War past can be used instead of disappearing into rubble. Whatever the future owner of the bunker can do with the communications facility for sale in Kansas, he will do it in one of the safest places possible.
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