Scientology vaults

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The Church of Spiritual Technology (CST), part of the Church of Scientology's corporate empire, owns and operates several mysterious vaults, said to hold copies of Hubbard's writings and lectures. These are some of the most secretive of Scientology's properties, and so far, there have been few tours to outsiders and few vault staff who have left CST and told their version of what goes on inside these locations.[15] The vault locations frequently have an aerial marker of CST's double circles and diamonds logo.

The titles to at least some of the vault properties are held by Mile High Inc, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CST.


Sample nickel audio record.
Sample nickel audio record.
  • Special audio records.[1]
  • Etched stainless steel plates.
  • Titanium storage boxes.


Some of these locations are referred to in Scientology's and critics' documents under various names. When it's clear that the same location is being discussed, the names have been combined. The expenses, where given, are not the total spent on the project, just the largest individual outlay.

Creston, California

While not a vault location, the Creston Ranch, where Hubbard died, is marked with the CST logo.[16]

Petrolia, California / Sunset View / Eureka

In 1988: The planned usage for the property is to build an archival document storage repository there which will store religious documents preserved by CST.[2][3]

  • Expense: $2,106,725.03 to International Ground Support Systems (IGSS).[4]
  • Vault: Two levels, each 372 feet long.
  • Location: Google Maps

Rock Springs, Wyoming / Sweeney Ranch

On land purchased by International Ground Support Systems,[5][4] work was begun in this location in 2008,[6] but apparently stopped in early 2009 and later abandoned when local authorities objected to the lack of permits.[7][8] The current status of the site is unknown, but no news of continued work has surfaced.

Trementina, New Mexico

CST logo markings from above at Trementina.
CST logo markings from above at Trementina.

The site is about a 2 1/2 -hour drive east of Santa Fe, near the small town of Trementina. The Trementina location is supposedly a store for material written by L.R. Hubbard, as shown in 1998 on ABC News's "20/20.":

"Buried deep in these New Mexico hills in steel-lined tunnels, said to be able to survive a nuclear blast, is what Scientology considers the future of mankind," ABC's Tom Jarriel said in his report. "Seen here for the first time, thousands of metal records, stored in heat-resistant titanium boxes and playable on a solar-powered turntable, all containing the beliefs of Scientology's founder, L. Ron Hubbard."[9]

The site is marked from the air with Church of Spiritual Technology double diamonds.[10] A runway for smaller airplanes is located on CST owned land in connection to the site. The original short strip was expanded in the early 1990s on land acquired by a land swap deal between CST and neighboring land owners in 1992.[11]

  • Expense: $2,509,692.57 to Denman & Assoc., Inc.[4]
  • Vault: 700 foot rock tunnel.
  • Location: Google Maps

Tuolumne, California / Lady Washington Mine

The Lady Washington Mine and two houses on 26.23 acres[12] were purchased in 1988 by William and Donna Daniels. In 1988, the Daniels gave the property to Norman Starkey, trustee of "Author's Family Trust." Starkey gave the property to the Church of Spiritual Technology in 1993. Digging began in 1997. According to The Los Angeles Times, the CST "is using state-of-the-art technology to protect Hubbard's writings, tape-recorded lectures and filmed treatises from natural and man-made calamaties, including nuclear holocaust."[13]

  • Vault: 250 foot tunnel, 15 feet wide.[14]
  • Location: Google Maps

Twin Peaks, California / Lake Arrowhead / Mile High / Rimforest / Rim of the World / Running Springs

As of 1988, this property has 15 buildings totaling approximately 22,000 square ft, including a three-story administration office, dormitories, dining halls, residences and other buildings and offices.[2][3]

  • Encrypted microwave communications link to LA and Int Base.
  • Expense: $2,592,750.31 to William Kanayan Construction.[4]
  • Vault: Two 100 foot long heavy gauge steel underground structures.
  • Location: Google Maps


Shelly Miscavige, wife of leader David Miscavige, who hasn't been seen in public since 2007, is said to be held at this location.[17][18][19][20]



  1. Images of sample archival nickel-plated record.[1][2]
  2. RTC to IRS description of some Scientology properties (1988) (pdf)
  3. Petrolia's New Neighbors -- L. Ron Hubbard's followers, the Church of Spiritual Technology June 1991, Joe Cempa, North Coast Journal
  4. Vault Expenses, Arnie Lerma. Information provided to the IRS by RTC in 1992.
  5. Space for Scientology? December 6, 2008, Casper Star-Tribune
  6. Mysterious Scientology Project Raises Questions in Wyoming February 11, 2009, AP, Fox News
  7. Scientology project raises questions, ire in Wyo. February 12, 2009, Mead Gruver, Associated Press
  8. Work in Sweeney canyon stopped February 18, 2009, Jami Ford, Green River Star
  9. A Place in the Desert for New Mexico's Most Exclusive Circles November 27, 2005, Richard Leiby, Washington Post
  10. Scientology church's mark inscribed in N.M. desert scrub November 29, 2005, Richard Leiby, Washington Post, Santa Fe New Mexican
  11. Scientology's CST - Church of Spiritual Technology, Arnie Lerma.
  12. Property map of Lady Washington Mine location
  13. Church reopens old Tuolumne mine December 11, 1997, Lenore Rutherford, The Union Democrat
  14. Church of Scientology asks for rezone to care for history July 18, 2008, Walk Cook, The Union Democrat
  15. Scientology's Secret Vaults: A Rare Interview With a Former Member of Hush-Hush "CST" February 6, 2012, Tony Ortega, Runnin' Scared, Village Voice
  16. Scientology's Secret Ranch: Where LRH Will Reincarnate? February 16, 2012, Tony Ortega, Runnin' Scared, Village Voice
  17. Scientology Leader David Miscavige's Disappeared Wife Shelly: What We Know July 5, 2012, Tony Ortega, Runnin' Scared, Village Voice
  18. "Tom Cruise Worships David Miscavige Like a God": The John Brousseau Story, Part Two July 29, 2012, Tony Ortega, Runnin' Scared, Village Voice
  19. Love in the Time of Miscavige April 17, 2013, Tony Ortega, The Underground Bunker
  20. Shelly Speaks: Scientology Leader’s Banished Wife Says She’ll Get Out "Only One Way" July 17, 2013, Tony Ortega, The Underground Bunker

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