US Cold War missile silo

A pair of enterprising proprietors in the United States are offering visitors to Kansas a unique holiday experience.

Matthew Fulkerson and his wife Leigh-Ann have turned an underground silo that used to protect a nuclear missile into a home for rent.

The underground accommodation spans more than 18,000 square feet and the furnishings are described as ‘bohemian eclectic’.

It's the first and only converted missile silo available on Airbnb.

Leigh Ann and Matthew Fulkerson at their ICBM silo for rent
PICTURE: Courtesy of Matthew / Airbnb

At the height of the Cold War in the early 1960s, the United States excavated dozens of sites across the Midwest to house its growing arsenal of intercontinental ballistic missiles aimed at the Soviet Union.

Tunnel to refurbished missile silo
PICTURE: Courtesy of Matthew / Airbnb
Control room of former US missile silo for rent
PICTURE: Courtesy of Matthew / Airbnb

The enormous underground bunkers were built to withstand a direct nuclear strike.

By 1965 the silo was deemed obsolete and was shut down and abandoned until the mid 1990s when it was bought and transformed into something habitable.

Dining room of former missile silo for rent
PICTURE: Courtesy of Matthew / Airbnb
Refurbished missile silo for rent
PICTURE: Courtesy of Matthew / Airbnb

The Fulkersons say their ‘New Age’ home can accommodate four guests above and below ground.

Airbnb guests have access to a main bedroom, kitchen, private bathroom, laundry services and a fireplace.

The site also has an airstrip.

However, visitors are warned that the rural surroundings are prone to mountain lion, coyotes, skunks, possums, racoons, deer, snakes and other wildlife.

Grounds of refurbished US missile silo for rent
PICTURE: Courtesy of Matthew / Airbnb
Grounds of refurbished missile silo
PICTURE: Courtesy of Matthew / Airbnb

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