During the Cold War, the US government launched a country-wide effort to prepare its citizens for a possible thermonuclear war. Children were taught at school to duck under desks and families were instructed to build fallout shelters and stock food. Some Americans took these suggestions very seriously. Among them was businessman Girard Brown (Jerry) Henderson.
Henderson constructed a luxurious fallout shelter at his home in Las Vegas, 26 feet underground. It was built for comfort, fitted with swimming pools, a sauna, a garden with fountains and waterfalls, a mini gold course, and even a barbeque hidden inside an artificial rock. Instead of running for cover when the bomb hit, Henderson figured it would easier and safer to live there at all times.
From the outside and on the surface, it’s a modest two-story suburban house. The only sign of unusualness are the large number of air-conditioning units placed on the ground and camouflaged by clusters of large rocks. Behind another cluster of rocks is a carefully hidden entrance that takes visitors down an elevator shaft to a massive 5,000-square-foot basement. The subterranean bomb shelter is a two-bedroom house with a kitchen and bathrooms and additional rooms for guests. The house has a porch that opens into a faux courtyard that surround the house and is planted with fake trees and fake flowers and painted with scenes of hills and snow. To mimic lighting condition at different times of the day, lights are dimmed or brightened. At night stars on the ceiling are turned on.