We weren’t able to see it from where we sat, but we were just a few miles from the Mount Weather Emergency Operations Center. It is called a Continuity of Government (COG) facility, which is operated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to maintain vital government activities in the event of a natural or man-made disaster.
There is reportedly a secret underground facility here, which is where Congressional leaders were taken for protection right after 9/11.
It’s called Mount Weather because a weather station has operated there since the late 1800s.
The uses of Mount Weather have changed and grown over the years, but many have remained secret. Some of what we know about the facility was first learned when news reporters came to the mountain to report on the crash of TWA Flight 514 in 1974. They became curious when they were barred from entering the grounds.
A total of 85 passengers and 7 crew members were killed in the crash.