Have you ever felt the world was going to end? Have you ever awoken in the middle of the night and known, without a doubt, the war of the worlds was underway? Or that the sky was going to fall? Or the moon was going to explode? Or the aliens would return?
If you answered yes to any of the questions above, today is your lucky day! Your may be able to purchase an underground silo-home for a fraction of what it cost to construct! Read on…
Currently, there are more than four missile silos for sale within one-hundred miles of Lawrence, Kansas. Built in the 1950s, at the cost of millions of dollars to taxpayers, the silos were outfitted with technology so advanced that the American public would not learn of our military’s capabilities until several years after these sites were decommissioned.
Around World War I, the U.S. government realized that future wars would be won or lost in the air. With this in mind, the American military focused its research on the development of long range bombers and ballistic missiles (1). At the beginning of World War II, the U.S. would have hundreds of missile sites constructed on her soil for protection against a possible future enemy, namely, the Soviet Union (2).
As the Cold War reached its climax, twenty-five miles outside of Topeka, Kansas lived a few soldiers whose only responsibility was to push a red button if the red phone rang. The button would initiate the launch sequence for an Atlas missile whose rocket boosters would allow it to be visible from Lawrence as it reached its peak altitude of 1200 km (3).
When the war ended, the United States began destroying many of its silos, preferring nuclear submarines over ground based launch pads. Ed Peden, a Topeka public school teacher, stumbled upon a flooded missile site awaiting to be imploded by the Arm Corps of Engineers(4). With 15,000 square feet behind a 47-ton door, sitting on 33 acres, it cost Americans four million dollars to construct in the 1960s. Ed negotiated a purchase price of $40,000 (5).
After two years of remodeling, the Peden family is enjoying their new home immensely. In fact, they enjoy it so much that they have created a company that buys missile sites and sells them to the public as potential home sites. As of October 2009, there are Kansas missile silo sites for sale around Valley Falls, Russell, and Scott City. http://www.missilebases.com
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By: M. Canfield