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    Man Buries 42 School Buses Underground, What He Reveals Inside Is Unbelievable

     

    Most people have never heard about it, but right outside of a major Canadian city one of the world’s strangest and best-kept secrets lies buried, hidden deep underground.

    Placed there by a single man with a unique vision, his epic project has inspired countless people – and angered many others, including local authorities. Who is this man, and what is this project that he’s dedicated his life to? Read on to find out.

    Buries 42 School Buses

    The Best-Kept Secret in Canada

    Bruce Beach has been surreptitiously buying school buses and burying them underground in an unidentified site in rural Canada since the early 1980s.

    His bizarre endeavor has sparked outrage, acclaim, and law enforcement intervention, and while it isn’t well known, those who have heard about it can’t help but have strong feelings about it.

    A Safe Refuge

    Bruce Beach was born in Kansas in 1934.

    Having lived through the horrors of the Vietnam War and the tensions of the Cold War, Bruce and his wife decided to move to Canada, in order to live in a safer environment. They felt that Canada’s seclusion would allow them a higher degree of safety, but moving to the Great White North wasn’t enough.

    In the late ’70s, Beach was bothered by the rising threat of nuclear war between Russia and the States – and rather than sit around and wait for the bombs to fall, decided to do something about it.

    His decision would end up turning into a project he named “Ark Two,” and which would capture the imaginations of countless like-minded individuals when he finally revealed it to the world.

    Horning’s Mills

    In the early 1970s, Beach moved to his wife’s hometown – the Canadian village of Horning’s Mills.

    Approximately a 90-minute drive from Toronto, Horning’s Mills is isolated, scenic and, most importantly – safe.

    Standing smack dab in the middle of the Great Leaks, it wasn’t just a beautiful location – it was also perfect for Bruce’s plans, and by 1980, he had already sketched out an elaborate blueprint for what would prove to be one of the most interesting and outlandish projects the Canadian province of Ontario had ever seen.

    The Ark’s Construction

    Bruce Beach began collecting antique school buses around 1980.
    Bruce was more attracted in their sturdy, austere constructions than in their motors or mobility, so he bought them for around $300 each.

    By 1985, Bruce had amassed a collection of 42 buses and had them stored in a tightly packed formation in an abandoned lot near his home, ready for the next stage of his plan.

    Specifically School Buses

    Bruce Beach had some very specific plans for his Horning’s Mills project – and he chose to use school buses because they boasted several features which make them perfect for his plans – and infinitely preferable to any other similar vehicle.

    First, school busses had roomy, open floorplans. But more importantly, school buses are required, by law, to have their roofs reinforced with steel beams.

    This makes them safer for their child passengers in case they end up in an accident – but also allows them to carry much larger weights on their roofs. The weight could result from dirt being piled on top of them, when they’re buried underground.

    If You Build It, They Will Come

    After Bruce finished setting up the school buses in a tight formation in a large swath of his 12.5-acre property, he began the slow, difficult process of cutting their chassis and turning them into a massive, interconnected structure of winding corridors, rooms, storage spaces and bulkheads.

    But Bruce didn’t do it alone. As he began construction, a small army of like-minded volunteers began to show up, and over the next few years, would help complete the construction of the complex.

    The Buses, Submerged
    After several years of slow-paced, but deliberate and thoughtful work, Bruce’s bus building complex was complete, and he was ready to take the next step.

    Making sure the buses’ chassis were airtight, he began pouring concrete over the structure, encasing it forever in the thick, resilient substance.

    After the concrete had set and dried, Bruce proceeded to cover the construction with an additional 14 feet of dirt.

    When he was done, the entire underground complex was completely invisible to outside observers – and safe under a thick layer of concrete and earth.

    Survivalist Utopia on 10,000 Square Feet

    The first phase of Bruce’s vision was finally completed.

    He’d constructed a hardened bunker with 10,000 square feet of underground space capable of withstanding a nuclear blast and hosting over 500 people.

    This megacomplex composed of school buses and concrete, dubbed “Ark Two,” is one of the largest underground constructions in North America, a massive undertaking on any scale.
    But it turns out that constructing it was only half the battle.

    Structurally Sound

    You may think that a complex as large as Ark Two, made out of salvaged materials and old school buses, encased under tons of concrete and dirt and built by a single, untrained man, might sound a little… unsafe, from a structural standpoint. And if it was anyone else other than Bruce Beach building this monstrous complex, you’d probably be right – but Bruce isn’t like anyone else.

    Serious about his passion project, Bruce consulted with the same engineer who designed and constructed Toronto’s subway system – who, after going over Bruce’s plans and making a few key changes, approved the structure as structurally sound.

    Building a Community

    Describing the construction of Ark Two as a feat carried out by Bruce Beach alone would be false.

    It’s true that his single-minded determination played a huge role in making the underground fort a reality, but he wouldn’t have been able to pull it off without the help of friends and volunteers.

    As the project progressed, at least 50 people from Horning’s Mills, as well as members of the survivalist community, came together to take part in the planning and hard labor required to create the structure.

    But why would any well-balanced individual choose to take part in what seems like an insane project?

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    Earning Their Spot

    One motivation for people to pitch in and work with Bruce on Ark Two, other than the sheer awesomeness of getting to say that they got to help build an underground nuclear bunker, is the simple fact that Bruce has guaranteed a spot in his massive shelter for anyone who is willing to help in its construction and maintenance.

    Volunteers are invited to spend a few weekends a year working around the structure, performing renovations and basic maintenance – and in return, to assure their safety in case of disaster ever strikes – a situation which Bruce is quite certain will happen sooner, rather than later

    Staying SAFE
    Bruce sees his project as a truly altruistic and humanitarian undertaking – and operates a network called SAFE to prove it.

    SAFE is an acronym that stands for “Safe America For Everyone” – which means that anyone and everyone is welcome at Ark Two – regardless of their race, culture, politics or religion.

    The SAFE website states that “Anyone is welcome to join the Ark Two Refuge Facility – so long as they do so before the catastrophe occurs.”

    An Optimistic Pessimist

    Bruce has stated that “I am an optimist about the long-term future of mankind but a pessimist about the immediate future.”

    This means that while he believes catastrophe is imminent, he also believes that it will prove to be an opportunity to rebuild a better, healthier, and more tolerant society when the dust finally settles.

    His advice for others is to think about their priorities, and to ask themselves what their plans are in case catastrophe does ever strike.

    An Optimistic Pessimist
    Bruce has stated that “I am an optimist about the long-term future of mankind but a pessimist about the immediate future.”

    This means that while he believes catastrophe is imminent, he also believes that it will prove to be an opportunity to rebuild a better, healthier, and more tolerant society when the dust finally settles.

    His advice for others is to think about their priorities, and to ask themselves what their plans are in case catastrophe does ever strike.

     

     

     

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