Mathew Fulkerson and his wife Leigh Ann pose at their Subterra Airbnb located in a former underground missile silo base near Eskridge, Kansas. The Subterra Castle Airbnb opened for business about six months ago. Picture: Thad Allton/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP
Mathew Fulkerson and his wife Leigh Ann pose at their Subterra Airbnb located in a former underground missile silo base near Eskridge, Kansas. The Subterra Castle Airbnb opened for business about six months ago. Picture: Thad Allton/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP
The area that houses the main room for the Subterra Airbnb located in a former underground missile silo base near Eskridge, Kansas. It is the reception area and the passageway to the lower level. Picture: Thad Allton/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP
The area that houses the main room for the Subterra Airbnb located in a former underground missile silo base near Eskridge, Kansas. It is the reception area and the passageway to the lower level. Picture: Thad Allton/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP
Mathew Fulkerson and his wife Leigh Ann in the great room at their Subterra Airbnb located in a former underground missile silo base. Picture: Thad Allton/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP
Mathew Fulkerson and his wife Leigh Ann in the great room at their Subterra Airbnb located in a former underground missile silo base. Picture: Thad Allton/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP
The launch control panel for the Atlas missile at a silo missile base that has been converted into the Subterra Airbnb. Picture: Thad Allton/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP
The launch control panel for the Atlas missile at a silo missile base that has been converted into the Subterra Airbnb. Picture: Thad Allton/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP
Mathew Fulkerson and his wife Leigh Ann appear in the reception area of their Subterra Airbnb. Picture: Thad Allton/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP
Mathew Fulkerson and his wife Leigh Ann appear in the reception area of their Subterra Airbnb. Picture: Thad Allton/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP
The Subterra Castle Airbnb opened for business about six months ago. Picture: Thad Allton/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP
The Subterra Castle Airbnb opened for business about six months ago. Picture: Thad Allton/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP
Mathew Fulkerson and his wife Leigh Ann stand in the area where the intercontinental ballistic missile was kept.  Picture: Thad Allton/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP
Mathew Fulkerson and his wife Leigh Ann stand in the area where the intercontinental ballistic missile was kept. Picture: Thad Allton/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP
A guest room at the Subterra Airbnb located in a former underground missile silo base near Eskridge, Kansas. Picture: Thad Allton/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP
A guest room at the Subterra Airbnb located in a former underground missile silo base near Eskridge, Kansas. Picture: Thad Allton/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP
The Fulkersons stand on top of the bunker that once housed an intercontinental ballistic missile at their Subterra Airbnb. Picture: Thad Allton/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP
The Fulkersons stand on top of the bunker that once housed an intercontinental ballistic missile at their Subterra Airbnb. Picture: Thad Allton/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP
The entrance to the Subterra Airbnb, located in a former underground missile silo base near Eskridge, Kansas. The Subterra Castle Airbnb opened for business about six months ago. Picture: Thad Allton/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP
The entrance to the Subterra Airbnb, located in a former underground missile silo base near Eskridge, Kansas. The Subterra Castle Airbnb opened for business about six months ago. Picture: Thad Allton/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP

Eskridge, Kansas - A Cold War-era missile silo in rural northeast Kansas that housed a nuclear warhead 65 years ago and was later converted into an underground mansion is now finding a new lease on life as an Airbnb location.

The Subterra Castle Airbnb opened for business about six months ago. It's located in rural Wabaunsee County, about 15 miles (25 kilometers) southwest of Topeka.

Airbnbs are privately owned residences that are offered online for short-term rental,

Matthew Fulkerson, 37, is the host for Subterra, and said it was his idea to turn the site into an Airbnb. Fulkerson is a neighbour of Subterra's owners, Ed and Dianna Peden, who have lived in the converted missile base since 1994 and are on board with the Airbnb idea.

More than being a place for people to stay when passing through Kansas, Fulkerson said he has a bigger vision for the site.

"I see it as becoming a destination," he said, adding that the base has already been featured in several media outlets.

In addition to a main-floor bedroom, Airbnb guests at Subterra will have a full kitchen, private bathroom, laundry services and a fireplace which gives a "nice, cozy feeling in the fall and winter months," Fulkerson said.

He said he and the Pedens "are considering using both apartments upstairs and down" should Airbnb traffic pick up, "especially because some people really want the experience of sleeping underground."

Fulkerson said Subterra is the first and currently the only Airbnb located in a converted missile silo.

Associated Press