The US government is notorious for its secrets. With over 200 years of clandestine meetings, encounters, and hidden agendas, our government is full of confidential, classified, and top-secret information. From secret buildings in the middle of nowhere to hidden bunkers, abandoned test sites to restricted islands, here are 5 secret US Government structures to add to the already long list of mysteries.
Literally located in the middle of nowhere, this secret government pyramid in Cavalier County, North Dakota holds a few secrets. Part of the Stanley R. Mickelsen Safeguard Complex (a cluster of military bases outside Grand Forks, ND), the pyramid served as a missile control building for the base, in case China or the Soviet Union decided to send a nuclear bomb or missile our way. The base was decommissioned in 1979, but conspiracy theories run the gamut for its present-day use, some believing it’s a doomsday base. Regardless, when you come upon a pyramid in the middle of nowhere, you know it’s got to be something related to the government (or aliens.)
The United States has built over 33 buildings for secret government intelligence in the Washington D.C. area since 2001, but the US government didn’t come late to that game. Before September 11th, our government had a number of hidden buildings, bunkers, and other secret lairs throughout the United States. One of those is Project Greek Island, a secret bunker with 1,100 beds hidden in a hill in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. Built by President Eisenhower in 1958 as a fall-out shelter for government officials in case of nuclear war, the bunker was built next to the Greenbrier Resort, a luxury resort located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Unknown to the general public for 30 years, the bunker was exposed by the Washington Post in 1992.
While many believe there are secret government buildings all over busy cities, cleverly hidden by the everyday workings of a modern metropolis, it’s kind of known the best way to hide something is to build it in the middle of nowhere, specifically in the middle of a desert. Area 25 is just that: an abandoned Nuclear Rocket Development Station (NRDS) in Nevada (surprise, surprise) that was once used as a test site for prototypes of nuclear rocket engines. Decommissioned, portions of the site are still used for military training, and some areas are used to test new solar technologies.
Constructed during the 1950s and 1960s when America was under the threat of nuclear turmoil during the Cold War, missile silos were cleverly hidden underground in order to make them imperceptible from space. It’s estimated that at one point America had 1,000 silos hidden throughout the United States. After the Cold War ended, the silos were decommissioned, and now many of the silos can be purchased by anyone (they make great fall-out or bug-out shelters). There are still 450 active missiles in the US, but again, those are likely hidden from the public’s prying eyes.
Perhaps not so hidden, but definitely secretive, Plum Island is an island off the coast of New York that has been touted as an “animal disease center” and federal research facility. Harboring its fair share of conspiracy theories (some believe the Montauk Monster is a result of genetic experiments done on Plum Island) and urban legends, Plum Island once had armed guards patrolling the grounds, only cementing its sordid and often disputed history. The island attracted a number of potential projects (the US Army Chemical Corps wanted to use it) throughout the years, but eventually the US Department of Agriculture took control of the island in 1954 to study foot and mouth disease. Considering the government studied animal-borne illnesses, and tried to develop medicines and vaccinations for them, it’s highly likely some really shady and secretive shit went down on Plum Island. The Department of Homeland Security took over the administration of the island in 2003; and in 2010 the island was put up for sale as Homeland Security moved the lab to a location in Kansas.