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Guess what we found in our backyard! PICTURES! (i think)

Postby Izzy » Sat May 19, 2007 7:18 pm

A Bomb Shelter! Doesn't get much more 50's than that! Supposedly we had some military wives living here and in the houses behind us and they decided they wanted a bomb shelter in the empty lot next to us. My husband unearthed it today with a machete (the empty lot is now covered in stickerbushes and bamboo. ) Big metal door that was locked, he cut it and inside is two big rooms with some big old canisters for water maybe?
Grafitti covered walls, some old flip flops, power and water to it, 2 sets of old bunk beds, ashtray. It is seriously scary down there. In fact, my husband was too freaked out to take better pictures, so maybe when its not a dark, rainy day in Seattle he can take some better.
We live in a 1957 tract MCM here in Des Moines, WA. About 15 miles south of Seattle. I will post some of our house too. It is no Eichler but it is a solid rep of the 50's tract home that we're remodeling.
We're glad to have found this site, lots of great ideas!
OK I Hope this pic posting works, let me know if it doesnt.
http://new.photos.yahoo.com/samizzybeck/
Try pasting that in your addess line. I couldnt get the way of doing it on here to work. What am I doing wrong.
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Postby roxy500 » Sat May 19, 2007 7:26 pm

OMG that is so amazingly cool and exciting! My family and I will come on down if armegeddon comes - we're just up here in Seattle.

Can't wait to see the pics...

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Postby rockabilly » Sat May 19, 2007 8:44 pm

ditto. I wanna see pics. funny thing was just yesterday I was talking with my roommate about MCM bombshelters and wondering how manyfolks had them.
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Postby sumu » Mon May 21, 2007 3:09 pm

There's a neighborhood called Holly Park here in So Cal that had lots o' bomb shelters. I'm sure there must still be some left.

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Postby Izzy » Tue May 22, 2007 9:16 am

The property is an undeeded space I believe. I think the power runs from the neighbor off the left back behind us, but I'm not sure. The older couple that lived here before us was a little unclear as to what that space is but its not really a developable space. (developable; is that a word?)
My husband had to practically drag me in there to look, it is scary. I wanted to see it but I didnt want to go in. It smells like underground in there. Like worms or something!

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Postby Izzy » Wed May 23, 2007 11:51 am

Yeah, we're already trying to think of what we could do in the space. My husband thinks I should put my art studio in there but honestly it is a little too freaky for me.

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Postby BOXOUTBM » Wed May 23, 2007 12:29 pm

Perfect place for a wine cellar and Tasting Room. Providing you enjoy collecting and drinking wine

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Postby Izzy » Wed May 23, 2007 1:21 pm

Thats a great idea, although we always drink wine right when we get it, we never seem to buy it to store. Maybe a little speakeasy or a lounge?

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Postby roxy500 » Wed May 23, 2007 2:09 pm

A play room for the kids! At least you'd know where they were. :D

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Postby Izzy » Wed May 23, 2007 7:52 pm

their grandmas would kill me! ha ha

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Postby moderns-r-us » Wed May 23, 2007 7:56 pm

Some Drummond Homes had bomb/storm shelters under the carport slabs. Most have been filled in for fear of failing slabs.
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Postby Futura Girl » Wed May 23, 2007 11:01 pm

oh man - you just helped me figure out where our bomb shelter is gonna go!
under the 2 car carport slab!

i think this has been discussed elsewhere - but does anyone still make off the shelf bomb shelters?


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