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Picturing the Past 174: Fallout sheltersPosted Tuesday, January 8, 2013, at 2:52 PM
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)
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.
Go here for the usual bigger view.
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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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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