Skip to comments.Wisconsin family discovers fully-stocked fallout shelter in their back yard 50 years
Posted on 05/04/2013 4:49:47 PM PDT by dynachrome
For more than a decade after they moved into their house in Neenah, Wisconsin, the Zwick family knew they had a Cold War bunker in their backyard.
It was not until 2010 that anyone thought to open the heavy steel hatch, climb down the ladder and explore the 8-foot-by-10-foot chamber that the home's previous owner had built to protect his family from a nuclear attack.
Floating in five feet of water that had seemed into the bunker were sealed U.S. Army boxed packed with all of the supplies a family would need to survive two weeks underground.
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Wisconsin family discovers fully-stocked fallout shelter in their back yard 50 years after it was installed at the height of the Cold War
“It’s unknown why the past owner decided he needed to store a phone directory in his fallout shelter”
I bet your list knows why!
I’d have bought it just for the bunker, if it had a
berm. A bunker without a berm is a grave.
The telephone directory was in a box with toilet paper. Think about this.
50 year old supplies in 5 ft of water. Yep their ready,
Right. Wish I had a bunker. Might have to build
one this summer just to have some place cool to
Install a sump pump, treat the walls and floor to reduce seepage, re-stock with new supplies, it might be useful some day.
I’m amazed at how well the candies/food items look. They look like they were just bought...the packages anyway.
I'd have to say yes. :)
Of course. I was poking a bit of fun at the Brit author of the story.
Smart people put tractor jacks in them in case a tree lands on the door.
The owners could sell that stuff for a mint on ebay. There’s a market for unopened stuff like that.
I have one built into my basement of my 50 YO house. It’s not fully operable (no air and fan access) but could be upgraded fairly easily. It’s designated as “bomb shelter” on the house plans. I have a 2nd one that could easily be converted. We call it the “gun room”. That’s where my husband has the gun safe and does his re-loading and stores the Christmas decorations and hunting clothes.
The ceilings of both of these rooms are reinforced concrete.
Reminds me of the Donald Fagan song “New Frontier”.
It use to be in Wis. that bomb/fallout shelters were exempt from property taxes. Could still be haven’t heard it has changed.
LOL oh man that’s good.
Oddly enough, that telephone directory would be of great historical value. With today’s computers, a major city could be reconstructed with the information therein. A gold mine for history research, genealogy, demographics, etc.
Unfortunately, there are very few vintage telephone directories left, as nobody wanted to save them.
As far as fallout shelters go, most of the dangerous isotopes from a ground burst nuclear weapons fallout are gone within two weeks, which is why such shelters had a two week supply. And things would likely have been better than that in the US.
This is because US doctrine was to use ground burst nuclear weapons against Soviet population centers, but the Soviet policy was air burst weapons against military targets.
I know! They decided to check it out...just now? Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?
Or just out of curiosity!
Stupid writers as well: They cant understand why the guy wanted a phonebook (even though it was packed with the toilet paper.)
“The boxes, old military ammunition crates, contained markings that suggested there might be explosives inside, so the family called the local branch of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.”
The realtor looked at us and said, "On the plus side, look at the woodwork and the French glass doors. On the downside, the hospital across the street gets Life Flight helicopters coming in and landing at all hours."
My wife and I looked first at each other for 1 second then turned to the realtor and spoke in unison, "We'll take it!"
Watching those rotor jockeys bring those helicopters in during rough weather is an amazing thing to behold. I pray for them as I watch. A thing to behold. Not a detriment to me at all.
If I were to have been told that there was a Cold War bunker on the property by a realtor? What a cool thing.
"I'll take it!"
The people sound so timid and unengaged .
“”For more than a decade after they moved into their house in Neenah, Wisconsin, the Zwick family knew they had a Cold War bunker in their backyard.
It was not until 2010 that anyone thought to open the heavy steel hatch,””
“”’We assumed it was just this empty space,’ homeowner Carol Hollar-Zwick told the Appleton Post-Crescent.””
“”The boxes, old military ammunition crates, contained markings that suggested there might be explosives inside, so the family called the local branch of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
Agents opened the crates to find... Hawaiian Punch.””
Why is it the Daily Mail has more interesting and pertinent articles than our own rags.
Was that “New Frontier” sung by the Kingston Trio praising the new Kennedy administration circa 1962?
I remember fallout shelters, what guns to store in them, & the TV dramas about the morality of shooting your unprepared neighbors who are trying to get in. Twilight Zone comes to mind.
I have a friend who inherited his grandparents house with his grandfather’s old barbershop in the front. The barbershop closed in the late 50s and had nearly 60 years of history before that all sealed up like a museum.
I tried for years to talk my friend into handing it all over to the local museum but he would never do it and it was all lost in a fire.
There was all the barbershop equipment, old magazines, newspapers, the whole stroke. One very interesting thing were baseball scorecards from Detroit Tiger games going back to almost 1900. My friend’s grand dad used to cut hair, chat with customers while listening to the ball games on the radio and keep all the scoring while he did it.
Most of the stuff looks to be in good shape and still usable. I like to see test done on the food and candies.
That wouldn't be my first choice.
That could be invaluable research for everyone on this thread and millions of others.
My thoughts exactly. pretty good shape for 50 years old and flooding. (saw some 1950’s barrels of crackers in a cave in Arizona, The “Grand Cavern”)
Yeah, real inquisitive people. Maybe someday they'll find out what happens when they turn the handle on that little faucet looking thing on the back of their house.
LOL, I think you spell that l-u-s-t, at least I do.
My thoughts exactly. The only situation in which I would call BATFE is . . . something I can't even imagine.
At the very least, I would have made them drain it and do basic repairs before I bought the property. Or loaded that into my bid +10%.
I don't buy $0.89USD carrot packages without looking at the carrots in the plastic.
I wonder if they've ever opened the basement door.
I have eaten canned cabbage (#10 survuval cans)that was over 30 years old and stored badly, in the garage in a moderate climate (So.Cal coast), and it was edible, I could have served it to people and they probably wouldn’t have asked about it.
BTW, I wonder why the garden hose didn't rot/crack. Even in storage I'd think it would deteriorate.
>>>>That wouldn’t be my first choice.
>>My thoughts exactly. The only situation in which I would call BATFE is . . . something I can’t even imagine.
There is a truism I learned here at Free Republic:
“There are very few situations that can’t be made worse by the addition of a cop.”
Swap a BATFag for a cop in that, and WOW, the mind boggles.
I once bought a local phone book from the late 50’s. My step-mother’s mom and dad were listed, they still had the same address and phone number. I gave it to them. They enjoyed thumbing through it and looking up old friend’s names.
I read somewhere that a nuclear blast does what forrest fires do only to universal levels. It sucks all the oxygen away so survivors can't breathe. I don't know about that. I've never tested it and don't want to.
If it had been explosives they probably would have faced charges knowing the BATF.
Yes it will in the immediate area. Depends on the size of the bomb and your distance.