By Lori, Anderson tour director
As part of our “Secret Bunker” tour to Greenbrier in West Virginia, we stopped at the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine and Youth Museum. What a wonderful and educational visit it turned out to be! We got to experience a ride through what was once an operational coal mine. A veteran miner was our guide and explained the entire process of removing coal. At one point the minimal lighting was shut off and we were in total darkness in a damp and 58-degree underground tunnel. We got a first account experience of what these workers did daily and how they risked their lives each time they went to work. After we returned above ground, we toured the coal camp which had a church, school, miner’s shanty, and the superintendent’s house. It was such a fun stop!
The second day of our tour took us to the life of grandeur at the luxurious Greenbrier resort. The colors and patterns in each room were so vibrant and reminiscent of days gone by. The highlight of the tour was the 112,000 sq. ft. secret bunker that was built in 1958 in the hillside. It was designed to be an emergency shelter for the United State Congress during the Cold War. The facility was maintained in a constant state of readiness by a group of government employees working undercover. All our electronic devices were collected and held until the conclusion of our tour because data for Fortune 500 companies are now stored in the bunker. Our tour guide was amazing and grew up in this town of White Sulphur Springs, so she was able to share stories of what the towns people were told and believed during this time. Our short visit only touched the surface of this beautiful resort and all it has to offer.
Anderson Coach & Travel has been providing Superior Travel Experiences since 1937. In celebration of our 80th Anniversary, college student McKenzie Caldwell will be traveling with Anderson. McKenzie, our tour directors and guests will share their stories from on the road here!