Text Box: Project Greek Island
From 1951 to 1995, the Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs WV hid an underground bunker to house Congress during a nuclear war.  The Greenbrier is Saudi prince territory—some rooms come with a Cadillac; high tea is at 4.  The resort owns a 727 for the convenience of patrons who need to return to Manhattan quickly.










Text Box: This 25-ton blast door is the west entrance to the bunker.  It was hidden behind a sheet metal door with a “High Voltage” sign.






Text Box: The green posts are exhaust vents. They were dispersed to prevent satellite thermal imaging from detecting the emissions.





Text Box: Once inside, you enter a human carwash with high-pressure nozzles on the walls.





Text Box: Controls for the power plant







Text Box: Diesel generators




Text Box: Diesel storage tanks



Text Box: Groundwater was passed through banks of micropore filters to remove radioactive particulates, then treated with UV in the black tanks.







Text Box: One of the three 25,000 gallon water storage tanks.





Text Box: The machine shop doubled as a lockup for unruly senators. 

Inmates were on their honor not to use the lathe.



Text Box: TV broadcasts would take place against the backdrop of an apparently undamaged Capitol.  The reverse of the backdrop shows the Capitol in spring, with tulip trees blooming.  The wall clocks misspell “Toyko”; no one ever bothered to correct it.








Text Box: Blast detection equipment was (still is) positioned outside the bunker.






Text Box: The security station.  The next tour was a group of Lincoln impersonators who could be seen on the monitors exploring the bunker in full costume.



Text Box: The Lilly Tomlin-style comm center was upgraded to fiber only a few years after its construction.





Text Box: The surgical suite.






Text Box: Congress would be warehoused here.  

What are the chances that no on snores, not even Tip O’Neil?


Text Box: Resort employees had it figured out that there was a bunker somewhere.  They didn’t realize that part of the bunker was part of the hotel.  

The convention floor was slated to be converted to cubes for congressional staff; the overhead lighting was arranged to work after cube walls went up.  Two conference rooms would be the Senate and House floors; there were exactly enough chairs for those two bodies.

The false wall on the left covers an 18-ton blast door.  The outrageous wallpaper was chosen to be a distraction to prevent attention from focusing on the false wall.  Electronics techs lived on-site and actually serviced resort TVs. Their other equipment was hidden beyond other false walls.  Locked doors on the convention floor led to decontam chambers and the surgical suite.

The hotel converted the kitchen into a culinary school.