Tuesday, December 8, 2015


It’s not uncommon to hear of new homeowners digging up something strange in their backyards. Sometimes what they dig up is creepy; other times, it’s just plain cool.
A homeowner in Tucson, Arizona, recently got an unexpected tip from the property’s previous owner about a hidden “hatch” in the yard.
What the homeowner found underneath that “hatch” left him truly amazed.
Reddit user John Sims, known as “Captantacitca” on the site, recently posted about the hidden “hatch” on his land and the shelter he discovered underneath.
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Sims wrote that after doing some research, he discovered that the shelter was actually a 1960s Cold War-era fallout shelter.
City records even turned up a rough drawing of the shelter.
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Once Sims opened the hatch, he explained, he was surprised to find steps in relatively good condition leading down to the shelter, so he carefully climbed down to investigate further.
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The shelter, made out of concrete with a fiberglass ceiling, didn’t contain any furniture or supplies. Sims said it appeared to have been closed off on purpose, according to the U.K. Daily Mail.
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The homeowner explained that he has plans to restore the shelter to its “original glory” from the Cold War era.
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The Tuscon area was actually rather involved in the Cold War between the 1960s and the 1980s, when 18 intercontinental ballistic missiles equipped with nuclear warheads were deployed near the city, according to the Arizona Daily Star.
It’s not every day that you find such a large piece of history in your own backyard. It will be interesting to see the shelter after restoration by the homeowner.
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