6 Iron Mountain – The World’s Official Archive
Home to some of the world’s most priceless treasures, 8 security guards holding AR-15s guard its entrance. It’s called Iron Mountain. To go deep into the mine requires travelling about 22 stories beneath the surface of the earth.
Fortune 500 companies store databases here. Major banks back up their information here. Iron Mountain contains 27 million original negatives of the world’s most famous photos. Ranging from iconic photos of Albert Einstein to Rosa Parks. Also, major record labels store original master recordings here. Think Elvis and Frank Sinatra. And last but not least, Bill Gates‘ collection of over 100 million images rests inside.
They say it can survive nuclear and terrorist attacks. More than once.
Over 150-acres of underground lake pump water of 50 degrees Fahrenheit through the mine, keeping the items inside at the perfect temperature. Fifteen generators are ready to give power to its entire 1.8 million square feet of space. Iron Mountain employs 3 fire trucks and 2,700 people. Its archives, they say, are able to last over 5,000 years.