Suppose Batman was looking for a lair or a bat cave for his Missouri base of operations. He'd talk to the Hunt Family, owners of the Kansas City Chiefs and Hunt Midwest, about locating his bat cave in SubTropolis.

What's SubTropolis? According to Hunt Midwest, it's the world's largest underground business complex and it's located 10 minutes away from Kansas City's central business district. They're serious about the phrase "The World's Largest Underground Business Complex" slogan, as they've trademarked it.

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SubTropolis is an artificial cave in the bluffs above the Missouri River dug into the Bethany Falls limestone mine and contains facilities for the United States Postal Service and the Environmental Protection Agency among others according to Wikipedia.

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So what are the advantages of moving a business's operations to SubTropolis? According to Hunt Midwest:

  • SubTropolis is located near interstates, has rail access, is close to the airport, and is close to intermodal facilities.
  • No exposure to outdoor elements.
  • Consistent year-round temperatures and easily controlled humidity levels.
  • Security and maintenance provided.

So what types of businesses are located in SubTropolis? Almost anything, actually. With its proximity to Ford and GM plants near the location, Automotive is one business category at SubTropolis. In fact, part of the facility is named Automotive Alley.

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Fed Ex and UPS also have warehouses in SubTropolis. According to Only In Your State, Grantham Education has its bookstore there. There are also specialty food packaging facilities, digital data storage companies, and physical media storage facilities mentioned in their article.

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Hunt Midwest seems to be courting some of those same types of businesses as well as pharmaceutical companies, animal health companies, and food distribution companies in addition to what's listed above.

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Before leaving SubTropolis here are some other interesting things about Missouri's underground city:

  • More than 55 companies do business in SubTropolis.
  • There are 10 and a half miles of wide, lighted, paved roads in the facility.
  • 2.1 miles of railroad track in the facility.
  • 500 truck docks
  • 2,000 employees work there.
  • 1,600 parking spaces.
  • Over 10,000 limestone pillars.
  • The strength of limestone it's built-in is six times stronger than concrete.
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SubTropolis might be the perfect place for Batman's bat cave, except I think Hunt Midwest would need to give the capped crusader his own private entrance. I think the Hunt Family could accommodate that.

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