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Wisconsin family discovers fully-stocked fallout shelter in their back yard 50 years
Daily Mail ^ | 5-1-13 | Daily mail reporter

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

1 posted on 05/04/2013 4:49:47 PM PDT by dynachrome
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To: Kartographer

“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!


2 posted on 05/04/2013 4:50:52 PM PDT by dynachrome (Vertrou in God en die Mauser)
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To: dynachrome
Who buys a property with a bunker and doesn't inspect it during due diligence?

/johnny

3 posted on 05/04/2013 4:51:29 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

I’d have bought it just for the bunker, if it had a
berm. A bunker without a berm is a grave.


4 posted on 05/04/2013 4:52:57 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: dynachrome

The telephone directory was in a box with toilet paper. Think about this.


5 posted on 05/04/2013 4:54:00 PM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: dynachrome

50 year old supplies in 5 ft of water. Yep their ready,


6 posted on 05/04/2013 4:54:02 PM PDT by ThomasThomas (Normal isn't normal anymore.)
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To: tet68
Concealment isn't cover and vice versa.

/johnny

7 posted on 05/04/2013 4:54:28 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: dynachrome
So tell me. Do mutant warlords rule the surface?

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8 posted on 05/04/2013 4:55:50 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Right. Wish I had a bunker. Might have to build
one this summer just to have some place cool to
hang out.


9 posted on 05/04/2013 4:57:34 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: ThomasThomas
50 year old supplies in 5 ft of water. Yep their ready,

Install a sump pump, treat the walls and floor to reduce seepage, re-stock with new supplies, it might be useful some day.

10 posted on 05/04/2013 4:58:43 PM PDT by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: ThomasThomas

I’m amazed at how well the candies/food items look. They look like they were just bought...the packages anyway.


11 posted on 05/04/2013 4:59:13 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: cripplecreek
So tell me. Do mutant warlords rule the surface?

I'd have to say yes. :)


12 posted on 05/04/2013 5:00:19 PM PDT by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: Black Agnes

Of course. I was poking a bit of fun at the Brit author of the story.


13 posted on 05/04/2013 5:01:25 PM PDT by dynachrome (Vertrou in God en die Mauser)
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To: tet68
Around here, we call them tornado shelters.

Smart people put tractor jacks in them in case a tree lands on the door.

/johnny

14 posted on 05/04/2013 5:01:29 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: dynachrome

The owners could sell that stuff for a mint on ebay. There’s a market for unopened stuff like that.


15 posted on 05/04/2013 5:03:44 PM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: dynachrome
Fallout Shelter--Dore Alpert
16 posted on 05/04/2013 5:06:09 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: dynachrome

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.


17 posted on 05/04/2013 5:06:33 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: dynachrome

Reminds me of the Donald Fagan song “New Frontier”.


18 posted on 05/04/2013 5:09:21 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

It use to be in Wis. that bomb/fallout shelters were exempt from property taxes. Could still be haven’t heard it has changed.


19 posted on 05/04/2013 5:12:29 PM PDT by riverrunner
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To: cripplecreek
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20 posted on 05/04/2013 5:12:33 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: Mr. Jeeves

LOL oh man that’s good.


21 posted on 05/04/2013 5:17:46 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: dynachrome

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.


22 posted on 05/04/2013 5:19:56 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: JRandomFreeper
Who buys a property with a bunker and doesn't inspect it during due diligence?

I know! They decided to check it out...just now? Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?

23 posted on 05/04/2013 5:25:10 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (For me, I plan to die standing as a free man rather than spend one second on my knees as a slave.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Or just out of curiosity!


24 posted on 05/04/2013 5:26:23 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: dynachrome
Pretty stupid people: They waited this long to check it out, they call the ATF when they find old ammunition boxes, and then they give neat stuff away.

Stupid writers as well: They can’t understand why the guy wanted a phonebook (even though it was packed with the toilet paper.)

25 posted on 05/04/2013 5:27:22 PM PDT by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: dynachrome

“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.”

Just... sheesh.


26 posted on 05/04/2013 5:30:59 PM PDT by moovova
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To: JRandomFreeper
Actually, it kind of reminds me of my current abode.

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!"

27 posted on 05/04/2013 5:30:59 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (For me, I plan to die standing as a free man rather than spend one second on my knees as a slave.)
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To: dynachrome

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.””


28 posted on 05/04/2013 5:33:22 PM PDT by ansel12 (Sodom and Gomorrah, flush with libertarians and liberals, short on social conservatives.)
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To: dynachrome

Why is it the Daily Mail has more interesting and pertinent articles than our own rags.


29 posted on 05/04/2013 5:34:07 PM PDT by stevio (God, guns, guts.)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

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.


30 posted on 05/04/2013 5:34:37 PM PDT by elcid1970 ("The Second Amendment is more important than Islam.")
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

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.


31 posted on 05/04/2013 5:34:54 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: gorush

bttt


32 posted on 05/04/2013 5:35:32 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: appalachian_dweller; OldPossum; DuncanWaring; VirginiaMom; CodeToad; goosie; kalee; ...

Preppers’ PING!!


33 posted on 05/04/2013 5:38:20 PM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: dynachrome

Most of the stuff looks to be in good shape and still usable. I like to see test done on the food and candies.


34 posted on 05/04/2013 5:42:14 PM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: ansel12
”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."

That wouldn't be my first choice.

35 posted on 05/04/2013 5:42:24 PM PDT by BipolarBob (Happy Hunger Games! May the odds be ever in your favor.)
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To: Kartographer
I like to see test done on the food and candies.

That could be invaluable research for everyone on this thread and millions of others.

36 posted on 05/04/2013 5:43:16 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (For me, I plan to die standing as a free man rather than spend one second on my knees as a slave.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

An idjut?


37 posted on 05/04/2013 5:44:44 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: Kartographer

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”)


38 posted on 05/04/2013 5:45:32 PM PDT by dynachrome (Vertrou in God en die Mauser)
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To: JRandomFreeper
Who buys a property with a bunker and doesn't inspect it during due diligence?

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.

39 posted on 05/04/2013 5:50:32 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: BipolarBob

LOL, I think you spell that l-u-s-t, at least I do.


40 posted on 05/04/2013 5:54:11 PM PDT by ansel12 (Sodom and Gomorrah, flush with libertarians and liberals, short on social conservatives.)
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To: BipolarBob
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.

41 posted on 05/04/2013 5:55:56 PM PDT by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: FreedomPoster
That was my thought. If I was looking to buy the property, we'd start the inspection THERE. And then look at the house, wiring, etc...

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.

/johnny

42 posted on 05/04/2013 5:57:16 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Kartographer

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.


43 posted on 05/04/2013 5:58:38 PM PDT by ansel12 (Sodom and Gomorrah, flush with libertarians and liberals, short on social conservatives.)
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To: Pollster1; Squantos
UXE from WWII. I'd call BATF for that. Or Squantos. From a distance.

/johnny

44 posted on 05/04/2013 5:59:08 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Black Agnes
Agree. And the food looks fresh, too.

BTW, I wonder why the garden hose didn't rot/crack. Even in storage I'd think it would deteriorate.

45 posted on 05/04/2013 6:05:25 PM PDT by boop ("You don't look so bad, here's another")
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To: Pollster1; BipolarBob

>>>>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.


46 posted on 05/04/2013 6:06:48 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

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.


47 posted on 05/04/2013 6:09:51 PM PDT by boop ("You don't look so bad, here's another")
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To: dynachrome
The first house my wife and I bought had a fallout shelter. It says right here that having to live in it until the world was safe after nuclear war would have made the survivors pive for death by vaporization.

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.

48 posted on 05/04/2013 6:12:50 PM PDT by stevem
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To: JRandomFreeper

If it had been explosives they probably would have faced charges knowing the BATF.


49 posted on 05/04/2013 6:13:42 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do ithat when I have a fire.)
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To: stevem

Yes it will in the immediate area. Depends on the size of the bomb and your distance.


50 posted on 05/04/2013 6:15:58 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do ithat when I have a fire.)
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