08/10/08 126 W - + 12 - 9 Civil Defense Site Hidden Near Cameron Village

Today's News & Observer has a couple stories about Cold War-era sites around the Triangle, including a bunker beneath 401 Oberlin Road and the facility in Chatham County on Big Hole Road. Seems the latter has been vacated by AT&T. As the story goes, says the article, a department stor-size bunker was built and buried in the 1960s. The communications facility was designed to survive a nearby nuclear explosion. The Cameron Village facility, notes the N&O, would have housed local federal officials in the event of an atomic attack, and was equipped with comm gear, a giant generator, a big decon shower, and the requisite stores of food and water. What other relics are around here?

Farther north, I have visited a couple Cold War facilities. There’s a Nike missile battery launch site in Granite, MD, one of several built around the nation’s couple. Read about it, and see a couple pics that I shot in 2002 at this site (scroll down after clicking): http://members.tripod.com/airfields_free... The launch control facility, up the road, is since gone, the site notes. The missile is still there, and is still well preserved, the site notes. Might have dig up my print pictures.

And this page, http://www.legeros.com/photos/baltimore-.., has some exteriors of Mount Pony in Culpeper, VA, the 140,000 square-foot, radiation-hardened (!) facility formerly operated by the Federal Reserve Road. http://www.fas.org/nuke/guide/usa/c3i/mt...
Legeros - 08/10/08 - 05:34

Also, there’s the bunker beneath the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, VA. Immense facility under an immense hotel that incidentally has its own fire brigade and apparatus. Was designed to house members of Congress and their staff in the event of nuclear war. After it was deactivated and all the secret stuff removed, the hotel opened it to tourists. http://www.conelrad.com/groundzero/green.., http://www.greenbrier.com/site/bunker.as.., etc. I’ll have to dig up those pictures some time as well.

Finally, you can read my own musings about Civil Defense and my memories therein at http://www.legeros.com/essays/cd/
Legeros - 08/10/08 - 05:40

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