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Inside an Underground 1970s Cold War Bunker

Discover a hidden bunker from the 1970s buried underground.


During the Cold War, there was a lot of paranoia on the part of Americans that the world as we know it would be destroyed. We survived, obviously, but one little-known fact from that time is that people built bunkers underneath their homes to live in, in the off chance that there was a nuclear war.

This house may look pretty normal from the outside, but buried 26 feet below it is a Cold War era bunker that looks like it came from the movie Edward Scissorhands. The 15,200 square foot bunker-basement is outfitted with a four-hole putting green, swimming pool, two Jacuzzis and sauna, a dance floor, bar, light settings that adjust to the time of day, and a barbeque disguised as a rock.

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The house was built in 1978, by a successful businessman named Girard B. Henderson. He had originally tried to start a business in 1964 called ‘Underground World Homes’, because he believed war with the Soviets was imminent, and wanted to create stylish, lavish underground bunkers to protect the American people.

Obviously his master plan to move America underground didn’t work out, but we still have this one relic from that time.

It was listed in 2013 for $1.7 million, and sold in March of 2014 to the Society for the Preservation of Near Extinct Species for $1.15 million.

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