Nuclear Missile Silo, Deer Trail, Colorado -It was a very cold morning with a biting wind, so I bundled up in several layers and ventured out. There are two entrances to the missile silo complex that do not require rope and repelling gear, and the easiest is a metal gate at the bottom of a large depression in the ground.
The Nazi Train Station Bunker, Paris, France - 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.
Nuclear Missile Silo, Deer Trail, Colorado -The actual silos that housed the Titan rockets are enormous. Standing at the edge and looking down at the abyss below is a terrifying experience. It is at least a 50 foot drop to the contaminated water that has accumulated inside them, and probably extends another 100 feet to the floor of the silo.
Duga-3, Chernobyl - When it was active, the distinct pecking noise – which arguably sounded more like gunfire than a bird – was the center of rumor after rumor. Some accused the Soviets of attempting to use mind control, or that it was in some way interfering with weather patterns. Now, the Duga-3 is much less mysterious; there’s a staircase that tourists can use to climb up it.
Nuclear Missile Silo, Deer Trail, Colorado -Surprisingly there was no indication that animals had sought shelter within the complex. The long dark passageways seemed an ideal refuge from the harsh Colorado winter, but something about the place seems to repel wildlife.
Nuclear Missile Silo, Deer Trail, Colorado -Several farms border the former military installation and there is no place to park nearby where my car would not be easily noticed. Fortunately I found a spot behind several gently sloping hills and out of the neighbors' line of sight.