Repurpose, Re-Use, Recycle: Transforming The Atchison Military Storage Facility

Army boots on the background wall with a sign of pacifism

When we think of high-density storage, a limestone cave in Kansas is probably not the first thing that springs to mind. Yet for more than 60 years the U.S. Army’s go-to storage facility was the 127-acre Atchison Cave, housing everything from emergency food supplies to production machine tools to vital documents, all in a climate-controlled underground environment. The cave began as a limestone quarry in 1886. During World War II, the Army re-purposed it as a strategic storage facility:  Now it’s being reinvented yet again, this time as an underground entertainment attraction. Add it to your road trip itinerary!


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