The W.P. Cooper Building, bearing a fallout shelter sign, as it and the Dixie Hotel were being demolished in June 1978. (T-G file photo)
Remember this building? It's the W.P. Cooper Building, which went down along with the Dixie Hotel on the north side of the Shelbyville square in early June 1978. Can any of you remember what businesses were in the building over the years? Seems to me that its final occupant may have been an antique store, and I may be wrong.
But there's something more threatening mounted on the building.
Look at the far left of the photo, just to the top left of a door frame, and you may have to look closely. You'll see a very faded 'FALLOUT SHELTER' sign, designated by the three upside-down triangles within a circle.
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Back in the days when a nuclear war was considered much more of a possibility - or at least on everyone's minds more than today - those signs were commonplace. It seems like the courthouse, and maybe the library, were fallout shelters. I seem to remember several other buildings around the square having those signs.
I understand they kept stocks of basic foods such as crackers, water, soup, etc. for years in those shelters.
Anyone remember where the other shelters were in Bedford County?
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