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  • Mike Cowen
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      At 08:22 AM 7/6/2013, you wrote:
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      >
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      >Going underground: Extensive Cold War-era bomb
      >shelters dot the valley | Las Vegas CityLife
      >lasvegascitylife.com/sections/news/going-underground-extensive-cold-war-era-bomb-shelters-dot-valley.html
      >
      >Ever wonder why basements are rare in Southern
      >Nevada, while they’re fairly common in other parts of the country?
      >
      >Most are quick to point to the stubborn caliche
      >sedentary rock concentrated in local soil, but
      >that’s only part of it. The other reason, says
      >Courtney Mooney, historian with the city of Las
      >Vegas, is that the water table in Las Vegas is
      >high, and subterranean structures often flood.
      >It’s why there aren’t many underground
      >parking lots in Las Vegas; they’re just too problematic.
      >
      >Still, the impracticality of building below
      >earth didn’t discourage anyone from doing so
      >during the Cold War scare in the 1940s and
      >1950s. Clark County Heritage Museum
      >Administrator Mark Hall-Patton guesses there
      >were 70 or so designated shelters in the valley,
      >an estimate he gathers from pins on an old
      >bomb-shelter map. “The overall idea was that
      >we could have enough space for everyone in the valley,” he says.
      >
      >Many shelters were designated casino basements,
      >others were homes, abandoned mines, bridges such
      >as the Charleston Underpass and at least one
      >bunker that was built specifically as a fallout shelter.
      >
      >FALLOUT SHELTERS
      >Arden Civil Defense shelter is the best known
      >and only existing bunker today, says Deputy Fire
      >Chief Emergency Manager Fernandez Leary, though
      >it’s been “mothballed” and is out of
      >service. Learly says there were likely others in
      >the valley, but nobody seems to recall where.
      >Hall-Patton describes the shelter, which is
      >located in Arden, off of Blue Diamond Road, as
      >“a hole in the ground lined with railroad
      >ties.” It was meant as a headquarters for
      >local officials to meet in the event of an attack.
      >
      >Surprisingly, the shelter was only dismantled 15
      >or so years ago, says Hall-Patton, whose museum received some of the supplies.
      >
      >CASINOS
      >
      >In the case of a Soviet attack, locals planned
      >to flock to casinos for safety. Most casinos had shelters, Hall-Patton says.
      >
      >Dennis McBride, director of the Nevada State
      >Museum, says the shelters remained stocked into
      >the ’70s and even ’80s. In 1995, the Sands
      >casino was cleared out, and the museum received
      >a sanitation kit, dated 1962, that included gloves and a commode toilet seat.
      >
      >Mooney says Golden Gate Casino, the oldest
      >surviving hotel-casino property in Las Vegas,
      >was designed with a basement that serves as an
      >underground shelter with tunnels that still
      >exist today. “And who knows where the tunnels go,” she says.
      >
      >HOOVER DAM
      >
      >McBride, who grew up in Boulder City, laughs
      >when he thinks about the town’s emergency plan
      >— particularly a little known, largely fllawed
      >protocol. In the event of an attack, people were
      >supposed to drive to Hoover Dam, to hide out inside the dam structure.
      >
      >“You look at it now and think, how
      >ridiculous,” McBride says. “Six thousand
      >people trying to get down into the dam with the
      >mushroom cloud in the background.”
      >
      >PRIVATE HOMES
      >
      >Perhaps the most famous is the expansive
      >underground home at Flamingo Road and Spencer
      >Street, a luxurious,
      >several-thousand-square-foot dwelling built by
      >businessman Girard Henderson. The house rests
      >below a normal-looking home, and features a hot
      >tub, sauna, pool, putting green and guest house.
      >Even “outdoor” lights change to mimic dawn, daytime and dusk.
      >
      >In addition to Henderson’s lavish shelter,
      >modest households also built small bunkers.
      >
      >Lindy DeMunbrun of the Clark County Heritage
      >Museum and McBride recall a house on Avenue A in
      >Boulder City that had a backyard bunker. McBride
      >says it was a concrete locker with a concrete
      >dome roof, furnished with camp beds and stocked
      >with foods like beef jerky and canned milk.
      >DeMunbrun describes it as resembling “big corrugated pipes with a lid.”
      >
      >Mooney says she knows of three or four
      >underground shelters in the John S. Park
      >neighborhood, dug in the late 1940s and early ’50s.
      >
      >MINES AND RAILROAD TUNNELS
      >Abandoned mines were commonly stocked with
      >supplies in case of a nuclear attack. One was
      >located in Blue Diamond, and was only cleared
      >out about a decade ago. Some supplies are on
      >display at the county and state museums. Nevada
      >State Museum has an old first-aid kit.
      >Hall-Patton says mines today are likely still
      >loaded with forgotten supplies. “They’re old
      >supplies, not things you’d want to be using,” he says.
      >
      >Railroad tunnels overlooking the lake and
      >underground tunnels made by engineering companies were also potential shelters.
      >
      >“When the Cold War came they just assumed
      >they’d be great shelters,” McBride says. “You have to laugh.”
      >
      >MODERN DAY
      >
      >Boulder City maintains disaster shelters in
      >various public buildings, such as the recreation
      >center, multipurpose room and Boulder Creek Golf
      >Course. “It depends on what’s happening,” says Fire Chief Chuck Gebhart.
      >
      >In Clark County, Leary says, “shelter in
      >place” is the new standard. If a bomb dropped
      >on Las Vegas, those who survived the initial
      >blast should remain in structures that aren’t
      >damaged or blown over. But not all homes are
      >created equal, Leary says. Single-story,
      >single-family stucco homes with no basements are
      >the least safe; concrete-fortified buildings or
      >multistory homes with basements are ideal.
      >
      >The link contains a photo the underground house on Spencer Street
      >
      >[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
      >
      >

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    • Mike Cowen
      Oops! Scratch that. Hidden in plain sight... ... Mike Cowen Practice random acts of kindness and selfless acts of beauty. mcowen@mindspring.com
      Message 2 of 4 , Jul 7, 2013
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        At 08:22 AM 7/6/2013, you wrote:
        >
        >
        >
        >
        >Going underground: Extensive Cold War-era bomb
        >shelters dot the valley | Las Vegas CityLife
        >lasvegascitylife.com/sections/news/going-underground-extensive-cold-war-era-bomb-shelters-dot-valley.html
        >
        >Ever wonder why basements are rare in Southern
        >Nevada, while they’re fairly common in other parts of the country?
        >
        >Most are quick to point to the stubborn caliche
        >sedentary rock concentrated in local soil, but
        >that’s only part of it. The other reason, says
        >Courtney Mooney, historian with the city of Las
        >Vegas, is that the water table in Las Vegas is
        >high, and subterranean structures often flood.
        >It’s why there aren’t many underground
        >parking lots in Las Vegas; they’re just too problematic.
        >
        >Still, the impracticality of building below
        >earth didn’t discourage anyone from doing so
        >during the Cold War scare in the 1940s and
        >1950s. Clark County Heritage Museum
        >Administrator Mark Hall-Patton guesses there
        >were 70 or so designated shelters in the valley,
        >an estimate he gathers from pins on an old
        >bomb-shelter map. “The overall idea was that
        >we could have enough space for everyone in the valley,” he says.
        >
        >Many shelters were designated casino basements,
        >others were homes, abandoned mines, bridges such
        >as the Charleston Underpass and at least one
        >bunker that was built specifically as a fallout shelter.
        >
        >FALLOUT SHELTERS
        >Arden Civil Defense shelter is the best known
        >and only existing bunker today, says Deputy Fire
        >Chief Emergency Manager Fernandez Leary, though
        >it’s been “mothballed” and is out of
        >service. Learly says there were likely others in
        >the valley, but nobody seems to recall where.
        >Hall-Patton describes the shelter, which is
        >located in Arden, off of Blue Diamond Road, as
        >“a hole in the ground lined with railroad
        >ties.” It was meant as a headquarters for
        >local officials to meet in the event of an attack.
        >
        >Surprisingly, the shelter was only dismantled 15
        >or so years ago, says Hall-Patton, whose museum received some of the supplies.
        >
        >CASINOS
        >
        >In the case of a Soviet attack, locals planned
        >to flock to casinos for safety. Most casinos had shelters, Hall-Patton says.
        >
        >Dennis McBride, director of the Nevada State
        >Museum, says the shelters remained stocked into
        >the ’70s and even ’80s. In 1995, the Sands
        >casino was cleared out, and the museum received
        >a sanitation kit, dated 1962, that included gloves and a commode toilet seat.
        >
        >Mooney says Golden Gate Casino, the oldest
        >surviving hotel-casino property in Las Vegas,
        >was designed with a basement that serves as an
        >underground shelter with tunnels that still
        >exist today. “And who knows where the tunnels go,” she says.
        >
        >HOOVER DAM
        >
        >McBride, who grew up in Boulder City, laughs
        >when he thinks about the town’s emergency plan
        >— particularly a little known, largely fllawed
        >protocol. In the event of an attack, people were
        >supposed to drive to Hoover Dam, to hide out inside the dam structure.
        >
        >“You look at it now and think, how
        >ridiculous,” McBride says. “Six thousand
        >people trying to get down into the dam with the
        >mushroom cloud in the background.”
        >
        >PRIVATE HOMES
        >
        >Perhaps the most famous is the expansive
        >underground home at Flamingo Road and Spencer
        >Street, a luxurious,
        >several-thousand-square-foot dwelling built by
        >businessman Girard Henderson. The house rests
        >below a normal-looking home, and features a hot
        >tub, sauna, pool, putting green and guest house.
        >Even “outdoor” lights change to mimic dawn, daytime and dusk.
        >
        >In addition to Henderson’s lavish shelter,
        >modest households also built small bunkers.
        >
        >Lindy DeMunbrun of the Clark County Heritage
        >Museum and McBride recall a house on Avenue A in
        >Boulder City that had a backyard bunker. McBride
        >says it was a concrete locker with a concrete
        >dome roof, furnished with camp beds and stocked
        >with foods like beef jerky and canned milk.
        >DeMunbrun describes it as resembling “big corrugated pipes with a lid.”
        >
        >Mooney says she knows of three or four
        >underground shelters in the John S. Park
        >neighborhood, dug in the late 1940s and early ’50s.
        >
        >MINES AND RAILROAD TUNNELS
        >Abandoned mines were commonly stocked with
        >supplies in case of a nuclear attack. One was
        >located in Blue Diamond, and was only cleared
        >out about a decade ago. Some supplies are on
        >display at the county and state museums. Nevada
        >State Museum has an old first-aid kit.
        >Hall-Patton says mines today are likely still
        >loaded with forgotten supplies. “They’re old
        >supplies, not things you’d want to be using,” he says.
        >
        >Railroad tunnels overlooking the lake and
        >underground tunnels made by engineering companies were also potential shelters.
        >
        >“When the Cold War came they just assumed
        >they’d be great shelters,” McBride says. “You have to laugh.”
        >
        >MODERN DAY
        >
        >Boulder City maintains disaster shelters in
        >various public buildings, such as the recreation
        >center, multipurpose room and Boulder Creek Golf
        >Course. “It depends on what’s happening,” says Fire Chief Chuck Gebhart.
        >
        >In Clark County, Leary says, “shelter in
        >place” is the new standard. If a bomb dropped
        >on Las Vegas, those who survived the initial
        >blast should remain in structures that aren’t
        >damaged or blown over. But not all homes are
        >created equal, Leary says. Single-story,
        >single-family stucco homes with no basements are
        >the least safe; concrete-fortified buildings or
        >multistory homes with basements are ideal.
        >
        >The link contains a photo the underground house on Spencer Street
        >
        >[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
        >
        >

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        Mike Cowen Practice random acts of kindness
        and selfless acts of beauty.
        mcowen@... -Anonymous



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      • Albert LaFrance
        More on the Spencer St. house; check out the “Underground House” photo gallery:
        Message 3 of 4 , Sep 7, 2013
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          More on the Spencer St. house; check out the “Underground House” photo gallery:

          http://www.vegasinc.com/news/2013/sep/03/house-boasts-healthier-cleaner-quieter-cheaper-saf/

           

          Albert

           

           

          From: coldwarcomms@yahoogroups.com [mailto:coldwarcomms@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Mike Cowen
          Sent: Sunday, July 07, 2013 11:42 PM
          To: coldwarcomms@yahoogroups.com
          Subject: Re: [coldwarcomms] Going underground: Extensive Cold War-era bomb shelters dot the valley | Las Vegas CityLife

           

           

          Oops! Scratch that. Hidden in plain sight...

          At 08:22 AM 7/6/2013, you wrote:

          >
          >
          >
          >
          >Going underground: Extensive Cold War-era bomb
          >shelters dot the valley | Las Vegas CityLife
          >lasvegascitylife.com/sections/news/going-underground-extensive-cold-war-era-bomb-shelters-dot-valley.html
          >
          >Ever wonder why basements are rare in Southern
          >Nevada, while they’re fairly common in other parts of the country?
          >
          >Most are quick to point to the stubborn caliche
          >sedentary rock concentrated in local soil, but
          >that’s only part of it. The other reason, says
          >Courtney Mooney, historian with the city of Las
          >Vegas, is that the water table in Las Vegas is
          >high, and subterranean structures often flood.
          >It’s why there aren’t many underground
          >parking lots in Las Vegas; they’re just too problematic.
          >
          >Still, the impracticality of building below
          >earth didn’t discourage anyone from doing so
          >during the Cold War scare in the 1940s and
          >1950s. Clark County Heritage Museum
          >Administrator Mark Hall-Patton guesses there
          >were 70 or so designated shelters in the valley,
          >an estimate he gathers from pins on an old
          >bomb-shelter map. “The overall idea was that
          >we could have enough space for everyone in the valley,” he says.
          >
          >Many shelters were designated casino basements,
          >others were homes, abandoned mines, bridges such
          >as the Charleston Underpass and at least one
          >bunker that was built specifically as a fallout shelter.
          >
          >FALLOUT SHELTERS
          >Arden Civil Defense shelter is the best known
          >and only existing bunker today, says Deputy Fire
          >Chief Emergency Manager Fernandez Leary, though
          >it’s been “mothballed” and is out of
          >service. Learly says there were likely others in
          >the valley, but nobody seems to recall where.
          >Hall-Patton describes the shelter, which is
          >located in Arden, off of Blue Diamond Road, as
          >“a hole in the ground lined with railroad
          >ties.” It was meant as a headquarters for
          >local officials to meet in the event of an attack.
          >
          >Surprisingly, the shelter was only dismantled 15
          >or so years ago, says Hall-Patton, whose museum received some of the supplies.
          >
          >CASINOS
          >
          >In the case of a Soviet attack, locals planned
          >to flock to casinos for safety. Most casinos had shelters, Hall-Patton says.
          >
          >Dennis McBride, director of the Nevada State
          >Museum, says the shelters remained stocked into
          >the ’70s and even ’80s. In 1995, the Sands
          >casino was cleared out, and the museum received
          >a sanitation kit, dated 1962, that included gloves and a commode toilet seat.
          >
          >Mooney says Golden Gate Casino, the oldest
          >surviving hotel-casino property in Las Vegas,
          >was designed with a basement that serves as an
          >underground shelter with tunnels that still
          >exist today. “And who knows where the tunnels go,” she says.
          >
          >HOOVER DAM
          >
          >McBride, who grew up in Boulder City, laughs
          >when he thinks about the town’s emergency plan
          >— particularly a little known, largely fllawed
          >protocol. In the event of an attack, people were
          >supposed to drive to Hoover Dam, to hide out inside the dam structure.
          >
          >“You look at it now and think, how
          >ridiculous,” McBride says. “Six thousand
          >people trying to get down into the dam with the
          >mushroom cloud in the background.”
          >
          >PRIVATE HOMES
          >
          >Perhaps the most famous is the expansive
          >underground home at Flamingo Road and Spencer
          >Street, a luxurious,
          >several-thousand-square-foot dwelling built by
          >businessman Girard Henderson. The house rests
          >below a normal-looking home, and features a hot
          >tub, sauna, pool, putting green and guest house.
          >Even “outdoor” lights change to mimic dawn, daytime and dusk.
          >
          >In addition to Henderson’s lavish shelter,
          >modest households also built small bunkers.
          >
          >Lindy DeMunbrun of the Clark County Heritage
          >Museum and McBride recall a house on Avenue A in
          >Boulder City that had a backyard bunker. McBride
          >says it was a concrete locker with a concrete
          >dome roof, furnished with camp beds and stocked
          >with foods like beef jerky and canned milk.
          >DeMunbrun describes it as resembling “big corrugated pipes with a lid.”
          >
          >Mooney says she knows of three or four
          >underground shelters in the John S. Park
          >neighborhood, dug in the late 1940s and early ’50s.
          >
          >MINES AND RAILROAD TUNNELS
          >Abandoned mines were commonly stocked with
          >supplies in case of a nuclear attack. One was
          >located in Blue Diamond, and was only cleared
          >out about a decade ago. Some supplies are on
          >display at the county and state museums. Nevada
          >State Museum has an old first-aid kit.
          >Hall-Patton says mines today are likely still
          >loaded with forgotten supplies. “They’re old
          >supplies, not things you’d want to be using,” he says.
          >
          >Railroad tunnels overlooking the lake and
          >underground tunnels made by engineering companies were also potential shelters.
          >
          >“When the Cold War came they just assumed
          >they’d be great shelters,” McBride says. “You have to laugh.”
          >
          >MODERN DAY
          >
          >Boulder City maintains disaster shelters in
          >various public buildings, such as the recreation
          >center, multipurpose room and Boulder Creek Golf
          >Course. “It depends on what’s happening,” says Fire Chief Chuck Gebhart.
          >
          >In Clark County, Leary says, “shelter in
          >place” is the new standard. If a bomb dropped
          >on Las Vegas, those who survived the initial
          >blast should remain in structures that aren’t
          >damaged or blown over. But not all homes are
          >created equal, Leary says. Single-story,
          >single-family stucco homes with no basements are
          >the least safe; concrete-fortified buildings or
          >multistory homes with basements are ideal.
          >
          >The link contains a photo the underground house on Spencer Street
          >
          >[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
          >
          >

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          and selfless acts of beauty.
          mcowen@... -Anonymous

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