10 Abandoned Nuclear Bunkers, Missile Silos & Ammunition Dumps

6. The Nazi Train Station Bunker, Paris, France

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The Gare de l’Est is one of Paris’s many train stations. It originally opened in 1849, and in 2007 it underwent a complete renovation. Trains coming in and out of the station are going to and from the east of France and other parts of Europe in that direction; it’s busy, it’s modern, and beneath it sits an abandoned Nazi bunker. To be exact, the room sits beneath platforms 2 and 3.

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The bunker was originally built by the French as an air raid shelter. It wasn’t completed before the Nazis swept through the area, when it was commandeered by the German occupants and finished. Today, it’s owned by the rail company and off-limits to the public, but that’s also preserved the integrity of the place. There’s no debris, garbage or graffiti, and it’s largely untouched, looking just as it did when German soldiers put the finishing touches on the signage in the underground bunker.

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There’s enough room for about 70 people, and it was completely outfitted with radio and telephone equipment and other emergency equipment. A time capsule, it even contains all the old furniture left behind by the Nazi occupiers. There’s even a pedal-run generator that could be used to supply the bunker with electricity, and it still works. There’s a control station with old train maps still on the wall, a machinery room, and signs part in French, partially in German.

5. The Munitions Bunkers of Alvira, Pennsylvania

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Sitting far out on what is now state land in Pennsylvania, there are the abandoned remains of 149 World War Two-era bunkers. The bunkers were once built to house munitions, now empty and unneeded. The story that led to them being there is a tragic one.

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During World War Two, it was all hands on deck for all the countries involved. The United States decided that they needed to increase munitions output, and that meant building more factories. The government seized 8,000 acres that made up the farmland of the town of Alvira, buying out all the residents within a week of the plan being put forward in 1942. By the time the plant was built, 177 homes were destroyed to make room.

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Also built were sewage and water treatment plants, paved roads, and a transportation system was put in place to bus workers from nearby towns. There were the munitions bunkers, too, built with the idea that they were going to safely contain all the explosives that the factory made.

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About $15 million later, the factory was up and running…. and not producing what the government had expected. The entire plan was scrapped only 3 years after all the townspeople had been bought out and evacuated. Many had already moved to other parts of the country, and what was left of the factory became a ghost town.

 
 


 
 
 

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