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The last thing you might see

Posted August 20, 2009

Good magazine has a collection of pictures of bomb shelters around the world. 

I toured the WPTF radio transmitter site in Cary a few years ago, and there was a spartan studio in the basement, where someone could stay on the air when the end came.  I remember reading a Charlotte Observer article about the bomb shelter at the transmitter site of WBT Radio in Charlotte.   Scott Fybush's neat site about TV and radio transmitter sites has a picture. 

Did you grow up with a bomb shelter?



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  • nsj Aug 21, 2009

    Fascinating. When I worked in Texas, we had access to some other underground relics of the Cold War -- missile silos. One of them south of Abilene had been turned into something of a residence. Last I checked, it was open for tours. Spooky!

  • curiousgeorgia Aug 21, 2009

    Thanks for the info fensk, I did not know that. (I was not in the States at the height of the cold war.)

  • ceceliaknuckles Aug 21, 2009

    I lived in a house on Carlisle Street in the Worthdale area in the late 60s. There was a bomb shelter in the back yard.

  • thefensk Aug 20, 2009

    curiousgeorgia mentions asteroids. Most cold war era bomb shelters were not supposed to protect you from the bombs, but from the worst part of the fallout. We used to live not far from "the big hole" in chatham county so we figured we were pretty much at ground zero anyway.

  • mcondor Aug 20, 2009

    Thanks for mentioning Scott Fybush's page - I have already
    wasted a couple hours looking at historical info and pictures concerning towers, transmitters, and stations nation wide.

    Yes, I am a radio geek :)

    - Mark

  • AaronShadowzz Aug 20, 2009

    My old middle school in Herndon, Virginia had a fallout shelter. I was there from 2003-2004(in my part of VA, middle school was only 7th-8th grade). I never saw it, but I can assume it was there, because of the sign at the front door. Funny thing is, I found out the school was renovated in 1994, but still kept the shelter.

  • curiousgeorgia Aug 20, 2009

    Nah. Just lived in war zones in Asia and Africa. Say, do you think these shelters are strong enough to withstand a glancing blow from wandering asteroids?

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