My journey inside a privately owned underground storage facility.
This is also my first post.
Its common here on ats that most speculate of deep underground bases.
Well the truth is they do exist. They are privately owned, and ive been inside of one. More than once.
Under the town of Boyers PA lies one of the biggest limestone deposits in the country.
Its about 18 miles north of Butler PA on rt 308, and about 5 miles north of west sunburry pa.
Locals refer to it as "The Mines".
It started as an underground limestone mine run by US Steel then was converted into a underground secure storage facility by National Underground
Iron Mountian Inc. then bought the mountian complex in 1998 for $39 million
At the begining it was used primarilly for backup of pittsburghs financial institutions.
Iron Mountian is highly secure. Tt has natural protection from all of the elements and is %100 geographicly stable. Its naturally climate controlled
at a costant temperature year round.
It can also survive multiple direct nuclear attacks.
The facility has its own restaurants, fire trucks, water treatment plant, 5 acre natural spring water resivior. and its own power infrastructure. all
In all of the videos ive seen about the place, the tour guide says the mine stretches 3 or so miles in every direction but ive heard rumers
of the tunnels stretching the whole way to East Brady PA (about 15-20 miles :O!)
Its carved from solid limestone. the walls are bare rough carved stone painted white.
Iron mountian complex is filled with many offices ranging from banking institutions to government branches to big fortune 500 companies.
The ammount of valuble information in this place is absolutly staggering.
Every major bank backs up all of their info to the site along with every govt branch.
Bill gates entire corbus photo collection is housed there
The flight 93 flight recorder is locked away down there
Every single origional audio master ever recorded is down there along with every single origional film reel from any movie ever produced.
When they say "its stored or backed up in the cloud" its not floating around in the airwaves or scattered over the internet in its own little realm.
its stored at iron mountian.
So much digital data flows into the place daily its hard to comprehend.
Other than a storage facility, the complex doubles as a back up headquarters for nearly every major company and every govt branch including the armed
Top fortune 500 companies banking institutions government offices and millitary all have secondary HQ's inside the mountian.
Ihe offices are lined side by side each with their own front wall section and door
I like to call them "storefronts" because they all resemble an underground "mainstreet" with its own little "storefronts"
Well heres my story on how i got to go inside of this giant underground facility.
and it doesnt take a super secret ultra high security clearance to do so
I manage 2 pizza shops and im currently switching between the two. We have a store in Butler and a store in West Sunburry (boyers area)
Both of our stores have a pretty wide delivery range, actually boyers is the max distance we will go north from west sunburry.
A company called US Investigations Services would order food from us about once a week and we were always happy with it because it was always at least
a $100+ order.
they are hq'd in the mountian. When our drivers got to take orders to the mines i always thought the people ordering would just meet outside to pick
up their food so i never really thought anything of it
I never wanted to take the deliveries to the minees because its pretty far from our shop
One day after covering a shift for one of my drivers i got an order for USIS.
Thinking to myself wow i have to drive way out in the middle of nowhere now...great
Well when i get to the place i call the lady who placed the order and told her i was outside. she said oh okay ill meet you in the visitor area just
pull up to the guard station
Then my mood went from .... to !!! wow i get to see the inside of this place.
Now i always pick to take the orders to the mines when they order.
Upon aproaching the first entrance i was stopped by a guard.
He asked why i was there.
I replied food order for USIS and showed him the order slip and food.
He said ok do you have any weapons guns or explosives.
I said no
He said can you please open your trunk so i can make sure.
I said sure
So i popped my hatch and let him look at my stripped bare empty trunk.
He then told me to proceed to the next gate.
So i drove down the sloped hill to the big-gaping-rock-hole-in-the-side-of-the-earth that is the main entrance to the facility.
As i pulled up to the main gate i was greeted by 8 security guards armed with ar-15s
I was then asked to step out of my car and hand over my cell phone and then was asked if i had any cameras i was told my phone would be returned to me
when i exited.
Aparently they arent picture people in Iron mountian
I was then instructed to drive about 100 feet farther inside and park in a designated visitors area marked by yellow stripes on the ground and on the
walls it said "No visitors passed this point"
The spot was big enough for my car (a vw gti) and one other small car. that was the only area i was premitted to go besides exiting.
The lady came to where i was parked and payed me and took her food.
She tipped me bad.
The main entrance/tunnelway is a single lane one way road. the outer walls are where the "storefront" offices are.
The exitway runs parallel with the main tunnelway seperated by about 25 feet of solid rock
there are cutouts about every 1000feet giver or take. so you can U turn left to the other side of the main tunnelway.
So to exit the complex you have to continue down the main tunnelway to a cut out point in the rock
that lets you get into the other direction lane.
I "accidently" missed the 1st two u-turn lanes so i could take some more peeks at the place.
I really didnt get to see anything crazy considering i barely made it through the entrance.
And the article posted says the security guards give out fire extinguishers to every car that goes in
I didnt get one. maybe because i was only aloud into the main entrance area and i wasnt going deep into my own private bunker.
But i do remember one of the "storefronts" finished in all really nice woodwork. it looked like oak.
There were no signs or names on the office. just a nice finished wood door that was blocked off with red velvet rope. and on the door was what apeard
to be the the presidential seal.
Lots of people. trucks. big trucks. dump trucks. heavy equipment. 18 wheelers.
Now i know this place is not owned by the government, and its not military base, but iron mtn inc since being private can let whoever or whatever
build whatever they want in there
Survival bunker for the companies elete or basic long term storage or whatever the heck you could ever want to build in a solid chunk of limestone.
The possibilites are endless because even Iron Mountian itself has no idea what the customers have there besides the stuff made public.
If the elete are actually out there building their own survival bunkers, then i believe this place has serious potential to be a prime spot.
They keep the customers information and contents absolutly private.
Keep in mind if they run out of room they just start digging new real estate. the place is absolutly massive and will keep growing and growing.
I didnt see any gigantic vault doors or nuclear hardened bunker blast doors but then again i only saw the main entrance and main inside section of the
Theres just so much hidden down there its really un believeable.
Could this be the place where the roswell crash is stored?
Is jimmy hoffa hanging out down there in his own private bunker?
I dont think we will ever know.
My friends who worry about 2012 or other end of the world senarios i tell them not to worry because right in our back yard is one of the most stable
safest and secure locations in the country
and im sure in a disaster crisis situation they would just let us right in too
If anyone has any questions feel free to ask me and i will be willing to answer with as much detail as possible.
I thought about making a little map of what i saw in ms paint and ill also try to illustrate how i saw the "storefront" offices
but i am in no means any kind of graphic designer. so the outcome of that might be pretty rough.
old article from 2003
pics from google.
im having trouble finding pictures of how i described the "storefronts" of all of the offices i saw.
its pretty neat how they have it set up down there.