Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures, Emergency Preparedness & Survival
Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net
Originally posted Jan. 15, 2010
As if pulled from a post-apocalyptic movie, this underground nuclear missile silo was once a cavernous, empty concrete relic from decades past. But one man saw the potential in it, and decided to build the ultimate dream home for himself.
The decommissioned nuclear base offers up 20,000 square feet for furnishings, although Ed Peden and his family use only 1/3 of that space. Mr. Peden was able to purchase the former military base for a paltry $48,000 – about $0.50 per square foot! – and commenced to remodeling the place. Located just 25 miles outside of Topeka, Kansas, he and his wife Dianna were the first people to turn one of these Cold War doomsday bunkers into a livable home, and they now run a business helping others to do the same. It cost Uncle Sam $4 million to build this place; Ed paid 1/100th of that. But it did need a bit of work.
“The gunk I hauled out of here in wheelbarrows was incredible,” Ed tells us. “Hundreds of wheelbarrows of crap. The sheet rock had melted onto the floor.” It had dissolved because the entire complex was flooded with up to nine feet of water. Ed first toured his future home in a canoe.
The Pedens now call their place “Subterra Castle,” and it looks nothing like the abandoned hellhole Ed bought in 1982.
Above ground, the former escape hatches now stand guard as castle towers and a small wooden cabin structure encloses the entrance to this vast, underground palace.
The main difference in this particular nuclear missile silo is the fact that it was designed horizontally, instead of vertical. The missiles did not fire out of the ground, as you often see on television. Instead, this base acted more like a garage for the missile. A large truck and trailer rig would pull the missile from it’s concrete barn and deploy it from the flatbed trailer.
Peden and his family have turned the remaining 14,000 square feet into storage areas and quite frankly, an indoor parking lot.
Another interesting fact to note is the quality of the structure. Nuclear missile silos are obviously made tough, and incorporate the strongest concrete, the high grade steel, and will likely last several lifetimes without much repair needed.
And lastly, it is easy to see that the Pedens, while a bit eccentric in their color and design choices, were able to turn a cold, dark silo that once held the mightiest weapons on Earth into a warm and inviting home.
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