Looking for a “subterranean hideaway nearly 200 feet underground”?
You might be interested in a 1960s Cold War relic for sale in central Kansas.
The Rolling Hills Missile Silo in Lincoln County northwest of Beverly is on the market. It’s offered at $1.3 million by BTB Ranch. Interested buyers can contact the ranch through the website’s contact page.
The silo sits on 9 acres. Security measures include an 8-foot barbed-wire fence around the main property and an electric gate.
From the surface, the only visible structures are two steel buildings that are usable and the steel entrance door that leads to the silo that measures 52 feet in diameter and plunges about 182 feet below ground.
“This space could be converted into an 18-story, underground living space or spaces,” according to the website. “Each of the 1,250 square feet levels of the former control center provides a freshly-painted raw space that can be built out or can remain in an open “loft” style.
Each space has freshly painted white walls and epoxy floors that give the buyer a blank canvas that can be “finished off by the buyer in any desired configuration,” the website read.
The U.S. government built 12 intercontinental ballistic miles sites near what was then Schilling Air Force Base in southwest Salina in the 1950s and early 1960s.
Construction on the silo began in 1959 with completion nearing in 1960. It was handed over to the U.S. government, who ordered the construction, in 1962. It was decommissioned in 1965.
“Kansas was the chosen location because it was outside of the range of Soviet missiles launched from submarines positioned off either U.S. coast,” according to the Kansas Historical Society.
“The location of the silos were a good distance from any major city as well,” a representative from BTB Ranch said.
Other similar missile silos have been sold to private owners, school districts and universities. A gallery of photos of the Rolling Hills Missile Silo can be viewed here.