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Nov 23, 2009 11:11 |  #1

A few months ago, I came across an article in WIRED magazine that had an Abilene, Texas byline. It was about Bruce Townsley, who had bought a decommissioned Atlas-F missile silo near Oplin, TX and converted it into a comfortable living space. A few weeks back, I had the opportunity to head out to his silo to take some pictures and do a write-up for the local paper. You can see more of the pics, and links to the story on my photoblog.

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Nov 23, 2009 12:16 |  #2

Talk about curb appeal, this series really shows you what you're living in with one of these places. I've seen other examples of silos being turned into a home. Looks like he has more work to do.
I love the B&W conversion of these.


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Nov 23, 2009 17:55 as a reply to  @ ChasWG's post |  #3

Chas- click over to my photoblog to see how he's actually converted the launch control center into his home. It's very swanky, and not at all like the rest of the silo.

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Nov 23, 2009 20:02 |  #4

wow you don't see that everyday! #2 is my favorite of the series, looks like an inverted tall building. thanks for sharing




  
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Nov 23, 2009 23:56 |  #5

A very nice series Greg. I have to wonder what he plans to do with that huge area below? Storage?
And a seventy five ton door? WOW!
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Nov 23, 2009 23:58 |  #6

Hmmm....

Wonder how much they'd let the one south of Tucson go for? :lol:

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Nov 24, 2009 07:50 |  #7

Nice series, thanks for sharing.


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Nov 24, 2009 10:06 |  #8

I saw a tv show about one that had been converted a long time ago. I have been wanting one ever since.


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Nov 24, 2009 10:27 |  #9

that's awesome! i like #2.


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Nov 24, 2009 21:57 |  #10

Ballen Photo wrote in post #9071390 (external link)
A very nice series Greg. I have to wonder what he plans to do with that huge area below? Storage?
And a seventy five ton door? WOW!
-Bruce

That 75 ton door keeps creapy vacumn salesmen away! :D

Nice blog Greg. That's why I said I liked the B&W conversions. The color version of the tunnel shot isn't as good as the B&W. The art of printing B&W is going away. Not too many folks print images in B&W anymore.


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Nov 25, 2009 09:27 |  #11

Very interesting. Nice series, great photo blog in general!
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Nov 25, 2009 09:48 |  #12

ChasWG wrote in post #9077113 (external link)
That 75 ton door keeps creapy vacumn salesmen away! :D

In addition to the 75-ton door, the military-grade security gate *inside* the regular looking exterior gate marked with "No Trespassing" signs are equally effective!


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Nov 25, 2009 15:52 |  #13

While neat and a great photo op, yuo would never find me living in that place.........




  
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Nov 25, 2009 15:57 |  #14

Ballen Photo wrote in post #9071390 (external link)
I have to wonder what he plans to do with that huge area below? Storage? -Bruce

Indoor swimming pool!! With high diving boards and a big twisty slide and rope swings.


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Nov 26, 2009 21:45 |  #15

Great series! Love number 2


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