A man who was afraid of a nuclear attack
With nuclear threats coming from North Korea, it is not surprising that Bruce had thought of building a shelter that would protect him against fallout.
Bruce is one of the people that we call " the preppers", the ones who anticipate the worst, to deal with wars, natural disasters.
Bruce has created such a unique place that you have to see it to believe it.
Come discover the interior of its underground shelter; a place that give us chills ...
Bruce lived in Chicago for many years before settling in a remote part of Canada at Horning's Mills in 1970. It was during the Cold War that he began thinking about nuclear survivalism.
Between 1980 and 1985
Between 1980 and 1985, Bruce bought 42 old school buses with a specific idea in mind.
Bruce placed the 42 old buses in a huge underground pit and covered them with concrete to reinforce them. He officially owns and maintains the largest anti-nuclear shelter in North America, which he callsArk Two.
10,000 square feet!
The entire structure measures 10,000 square feet and can comfortably accommodate up to 500 people. There is room for various activities and daily errands, as Bruce says, the bunker is "virtually impenetrable to anything short of a direct nuclear strike.".
A breathtaking shelter!
Most people who live near Bruce think that maintaining the shelter is a big waste of time. However, Bruce knows that in case of a nuclear attack, he has supplies and shelter to stay alive.
14 feet under the ground
Ark Two exists 14 feet under the ground, and Bruce bought the old school buses for $ 300 each. It may seem expensive, but Bruce thinks it's worth it. For the past 35 years, he has worked hard every day to make sure the bunker is equipped and ready in the event of an emergency.
The bunker has all the comforts that can be found in a house. The shelter includes two industrial kitchens, a living room, classrooms for children and bathrooms with running water. You really couldn’t ask for anything else.
The property also offers complete plumbing, including a private well to ensure clean drinking water, diesel generators with three months of fuel, and an electronic radio communication station so information can be transmitted throughout Canada and the United States.
The shelter is also fully equipped with separate bunk beds (men and women) and cubicle-like storage areas to allow people to store their belongings.
And a decontamination room
The Ark Two also includes a decontamination room, the first room that any visitors would have to pass through before they enter the bunker. This room is meant to eliminate the spread of disease and radiation in the shelter itself.
Bruce's biggest problem is both political and bureaucratic. All branches of local government have been unenthusiastic about the shelter. Bruce built the bunker without proper permits and claims that the local government sued him more than 30 times.
A good idea?
Bruce says that although he firmly believes that he is doing the right thing, the stress of maintaining the shelter has had a negative impact on him and his family. In recent months, the complex has suffered fires, rats, vandalism and floods.
Some might think he's crazy, and others might think he's doing humankind a favor, but anyway, Ark Two is a fortress that's part of the landscape of the rural town of Horning's Mills, Canada. Let's hope the world never sees a nuclear war, but if it does, Bruce could be the man to contact.