Superconducting Super Collider Site, Texas

The Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory project at this site was canceled by the federal government in 1993, after 14 miles of tunnels were completed, multiple buildings constructed, and two billion dollars spent - amounting to around 20 percent of the projected project. The SSC was directed by the US Department of Energy and was to include a 54 mile long particle accelerator loop. The $11 billion project would have been the largest experimental facility ever built. In 2006, multimillionaire J.B. Hunt purchased the site for $6.5 million, with the intention of making it the home of a Tier IV data storage center. Hunt died not long thereafter, and once again the site fell into disuse. In 2012, Waxahachie-based industrial chemical manufacturer Magnablend purchased the site.