Buy your own Titan I missile silo for $1.5M
ADAMS COUNTY, Wash. — Decommissioned missile bases from the Cold War dot the countryside, and where they once held ICBMs now hold everything from homes to museums, and a local Titan I missile base, located near Odessa in Adams County, is up for sale.
The property sits on about 57 acres, with the missile silos are about 16 stories underground. Getting into the base is no easy task, and it probably shouldn’t be since it was built to withstand nuclear war.
“One megaton. Spokane is gone, Seattle is gone, Portland. One megaton, 30 miles,” said Bari Hotchkiss, who inherited the property from his dad.
The base was used by the Air Force during the Cold War to hold Titan I intercontinental ballistic missiles.
“The outer shell does not touch the inner part of the building at all and the reason for that is if there was nuclear war or an earthquake, the ground could move up to a foot in any direction and the equipment would stay stable on the structure,” said Hotchkiss.
During the tour Hotchkiss walks into the control room, where Air Force officers sat round the clock with a set of keys.
“This is the actual control room where the two officers sat with side arms and keys ready to fire. If those keys got turned there was no stopping them,” said Hotchkiss.
The underground facility is massive, with nearly 1,000 feet of underground tunnels. The base has 16 huge underground buildings, three of which are the missile silos.
“Originally in here this side would’ve been full of plumbing, steam, hot and cold piping that kind of stuff,” said Hotchkiss.
The concrete walls are about two feet thick, including the blast doors. even the blast doors are made of concrete.
Hotchkiss has learned everything there is to know about the Titan I Complex.
“The door would open up and the shaft was full of pea gravel, so all the gravel would pile up and you could climb up,” said Hotchkiss.
The base was decommissioned in the 60s and his dad bought it in the 90s.
“We kind of used it as a family summer camp when the kids were growing up. It’s a great place to get out away from the city and enjoy the country,” said Hotchkiss. “There’s not a crack in the place, built like Hoover Dam.”
“To build it today would be in the hundreds of millions of dollars just with the concrete and excavation and putting the buildings in,” he added.
The site is being sold for about $1.5 million; Hotchkiss is selling it to settle his father’s estate.
“I had it at a higher price,” he said. “I thought it was a giveaway at that price.”
So what would you do with a decommissioned missile base?
“That’s really only limited by your imagination,” said Hotchkiss.
If you want more information on taking a tour or buying the property, you can visit themissilebase.com.