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Your very own Undisclosed Location…guy selling former Titan missile base on e-Bay…

Tucked away under some 57 acres of arid land between Moses Lake and Ritzville is a decades-old Titan missile complex, according to owner Bari Hotchkiss.

And for a mere $1.5 million, you can buy it.

“Ten minutes to Interstate 90,” reads Hotchkiss’ listing on eBay. “1 1/2 hours west of Spokane.”

Under gently sloping concrete-slab entrances — the better to deflect a blast, no doubt — are 16 underground buildings, including three 160-foot-tall missile silos, a 100-foot diameter control dome, and a slightly larger power dome.

“Think of the place like an underground shopping mall, only tunnels instead of a big open hallway connect the various `stores.’” Hotchkiss writes in his ad. “…If you wanted to live below ground — that would be your choice.”

Long gone are the missiles and their nuclear warheads, the 1950s-vintage computers and most everything else that the military could remove when the site was decommissioned in the 1960s, he says. On the plus side, unlike most such sites — chronically plagued with water seepage — this one is dry.

Hotchkiss has gotten some bites on eBay, including from a person who’s apparently interested in turning it into a private residence and airstrip. There would be some significant retrofitting involved, Hotchkiss writes back, including installing a new water and sewage system and — if you chose to live in one or both of the antenna silos — putting in a new hydraulic system for the two 50-ton silo doors: “Then you could have your own push-button 100-ton opening skylight…The crazy thing about all of this is that THIS IS ALL ABSOLUTELY POSSIBLE!!!”

Another potential buyer mentions the possibility of turning it into “an amusement park/resort.”

“Property currently zoned commercial/industrial,” Hotchkiss writes. “Can build pretty much what you want.”


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