Rebuild a vintage Fallout Shelter
I was told about the possibilty of the shelter from the friends that I bought the house from. They had no idea exactly what was there or where it was. The City had a permit on file that showed a 12' diameter "Blast Shelter" with a rather vague map.
After I dug a couple test holes, I hired a local metal detectorist to come and scan my yard. He found a couple of interesting spots so I started digging!
Spot 2 was the ticket! I hit a huge metal disk.
The interior is in great shape... It was dry and solid!
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I am now trying to rebuild the upper entryway so I can secure the space before working on the inside. The upper entry needs a large concrete pour to secure the entry and the metal circular staircase needs to be replaced.
So far it looks like the rough budget for the concrete and the circular stair is around @2000.
So, the most asked question... What are you going to do with this space?
My plans are to clean up the interior, repaint it and turn it into a really cool man cave, HAM shack and Civil Defense Museum. Once I started this project I researched a bunch about the Cold War period and how the civilian fears prompted many people to build these shelters. I think it would be a cool memorial to that period in our history. I already have been aquiring several period artifacts to put on display down there. Items such as Geiger counters, water supply barrels, sanitation kits and vintage HAM radios.
Thank you so much for reading this and I really thank you in advance for the help.
V-755 High School Radiation Detector Kit
Shelter First Aid Kit A
CD Noncombatant Gas Mask
And a Gonset Communicator III 2meter HAM radio
Hi John, I read about this online and watched all you went through just to get it open! SO fascinating! I hope you’re doing really great at keeping your dream moving forward and that it has become not only a great tribute to that era in American history but also a fabulous man cave as well! might I suggest starting another go fund me with the pictures/videos from the beginning up through where you are with it today. I bet you could get a lot more people interested in helping you now that it’s popping up on Facebook adds a lot! let us all know how much more money you need and let’s all get hustling for you and help you complete it!! if you’d like to friend me on FB, my name is Amy Laurel Nelson. my husband and I would love to be able to continue seeing your progress as your dream keeps unfolding! of course if you’re still moving forward with it and you get a fresh go fund me page going I’m sure we would love to make a donation and help get that ball rolling again! it’s an incredible find and a worthy labor of love! Amy Laurel Nelson (Canuel)
Hi John Is there a number or email I can contact you on? I'm reporter for Australian TV in Tucson doing Titan Missile story Thursday Dec 20.
Great story and dam lucky find for sure. If I had one I would set it up for "the end" although I am not a prepper it would be cool. I would setup communications gear ie ham radios also. Have fun man.