reply to post by samstone11
I am sorry I cannot help you with your search for information on this particular, possible, DUMB.
I will share a strange experience with you though. When I was a teenager, grwoing up in Suburban area of Knoxville, TN - in the town of Seymour, we
(my mischevious friends and myself) would frequently take backroad trips, looking for isolated areas to hang out cause the teenage problems that
During one trip we decided to go to Bluff Mountain, near Wears Valley, TN - very near to Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, TN - (Sevier co.) This mountain
was not particularly tall, but the roads we were traveling were not daily routes for commuters or resident, as there were no homes on the road at the
time and there may still not be to this day.
Once on top of the mountain you can climb and abandoned fire / lookout tower and see for miles and miles in all direction, where the mountains didn't
block your view in the distance. You can see Knoxville, Alcoa/Maryville, and Gatlinburg, including Mt. Leconte.
After hanging out at the top of this mountain for a couple hours we decided to leave. On the way out of the firetower drive we could have went out
the way we came in or we could have taken a one lane, gravel road that seemd to go down the mountain, but in the opposite direction.
After travelling down this road for awhat seemed like a couple miles, but probably wasn't very far as the winged fly, because the road kept
crisscrossing back and forth, to compensate for the steep grade of the mountainside terrain. We came to the end of this small road and were very
suprised at what we found.
At the end of this supremely low travelled road we ran into no less that 1 dozen Earth moving machines, what you might see when tunnel construction is
being done so that a new road can pss through a tough stratch of mountain terrain. This wasn't so odd, but what they appeard to be building was even
more strange to us.
The entrance was approx. 50ft wide and 10-12ft tall, completely concret base, walls and ceiling. Ver imposing structure to be in the middle of nowhere
there were hinges set in place on both sides of the massive entrance-way, but no doors on them. The hinges were made of concrete, or appeared so.
there was no door in the area that might be later installed, so I assumed, at the time, it was an addition put in place at a later point of
We got out and climbed the chain link fence, that was locked with chain and masterlock, connecting this area with the road. Walking to the front of
this tunnel we could start to see that this complex went deep into the ground. We walked at least 125-150ft into it before it began getting too dark.
Our teenage nerves getting the best of us we returned to the original entrance.
There were no signs of anyone being there at all on the outside or, from what we could see, on the inside. It was obvious that work had been going on
here recently, the concrete still had the wet, un-cured, look to it and was very cold and still very clean. Going down into the tunnel there were no
doors on the sides of it and it seemed to go deeper and deeper, though I can't be certain.
There are no military, current or former, in the area that I am aware of that could account for such a structure. There are no thru roads, or main
highways anywhere near this structure.
That was 13 years ago now and since then I have been back, many times with one or more of the friends that were on that first trip, though things have
You can no longer travel the full distance down the road and are stopped about 1 half mile away by dead-end, private drive, and no trespassing signs
stopping you. We walked down to it again and found the chain-link gates were not there, but trees were planted in front of the structure, or had
began growing, where the road once came to the chain-link gate.
The front of the structure was now sealed with the massive doors that have to be a minimum of 20ft wide and 10ft tall or more. They feel like they are
incredibly, thick, solid concrete doors that match the exterior of the structure. The hinges we once saw by themselves now held the massive doors
tightly and the entire facade of the structure seemed to now be one unit, though you can make out the outline of the doors. I mean it all flows
together like it was built all at once. If I hadn't seen it without the doors off I would have thought it was just a giant retaining wall of some
There is some type of hole on the front of one of the doors. It looks like you could insert some type of tool there and possibly wedge open, or lever
open the door, but we never tried.
In the passing years I have never really thought much about the place or what might be going on there, if anything. However, when I see threads about
DUMBS, or hear other people talking about hidden underground bases, it crosses my mind, every time, that this could possibly be one of them.
Also, the last time I went there was about 3 years ago now, but even then the area where the gravel road cut a path is gone and it is covered with
undergrowth. Knowing where the road once was you can still make an outline of the path and you can still find gravel on the ground, but it looks like
it was there from 50 years ago, not just over a decade.
Makes me wonder, but I wouldn't even know where to start in looking for information on it, or other possible DUMBS in the area.
If you run across any for the area mentioned I would love to take a look.
Sorry for the long winded response.
edit on 28-1-2011 by esteay812 because: ggrrr