Inside the US government's 'doomsday bunkers' designed to withstand a nuclear apocalypse and rebuild the country afterwards

They include a shelter built 2,000ft beneath a mountain, a fearsome nuke-launching facility and an underground House of Representatives in case the real one was destroyed.

Several such bunkers were built in the 1950s and 60s when tensions between the US and the Soviet Union were at their worst.

Now it appears America wasn't just preparing to survive nuclear fallout, but restart society in case the most important institutions were wiped out.

The Federal Reserve stashed billions of dollars in cash at the Mount Pony bunker in Cupeper, Virginia, for instance.

They planned to use the notes to replenish currency supplies in the wake of Armageddon.

Another built near the four-star White Sulphur Springs resort in West Virginia was designed to house every one of 535 members of Congress.

Completed in 1961, the 112,000-square-foot shelter had enough beds and supplies to accommodate every lawmaker and a staffer.

It also had decontamination chambers, an intensive care unit and press briefing room – all surrounded by up to five 5ft concrete.

Other images give a glimpse inside the decommissioned Quebec-01, the only Peacekeeper missile launch facility left in the country, near Wyoming.

The Peacekeeper was the most destructive ICBM in the US arsenal, capable of carrying up to 12 nuclear warheads, each with a 475 kiloton payload.

It was conceived as a "counter-strike" weapon to be used in the event of a nuclear attack from the USSR.

Peacekeepers were phased out in 2005 with the START II arms reduction agreement and their facilities shut down shortly after

A secret government complex built 2,000ft inside a Colorado mountain is also showcased in the incredible photos.

The Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station could withstand a 30 megaton nuclear bomb and electromagnetic pulse, as well as chemical and biological attacks.

Steve Rose, 721st Mission Support Group Deputy Director, called it "the most secure government facility in the world".

More than 300 people work inside Cheyenne Mountain, which they access via the tunnel, and two 23-ton blast doors.

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