Community Fallout Shelter Tours
Fire Station 55
First Baptist Church of White Settlement
Community Savings, Fredricksburg Texas
Churchill Way Presbyterian Church
LaGrange College Library, Georgia
Bank Paris, Texas
Church Sherman Tx
Old Power Plant
2301 Forest Lane
Center, Dallas, Tx
Grayson County, Tx
Fallout Sheter Signs
Shelter Tours Main
Back to Civil Defense Museum Main
On August 01, 2008 I went bumming around west of the D/FW area exploring and looking for old stuff with my son. Since we were going out that way I decided to take the opportunity to bother some of the Emergency Management people in the area to ask about old CD stuff. I was planning to check-in with the Parker County, the Weatherford Tx. EM director and the Mineral Wells/Palo Pinto county EM director. Our first stop was Weatherford. I first tried the Parker County EM director in Weatherford but he wasn't in so we then went to check-in on the Weatherford EM director who was in his office. Sometimes when I'm scrounging for old CD stuff I call ahead and sometimes I don't. Seems like the drop-in visits work out for the best alot of the time. The Weatherford EM director was an enjoyable person to talk to and he remembered something about some old shelter supplies being in the basement at the old Weatherford power plant building. He told me that about 10 years ago he remembered opening a old can of shelter crackers there but he didn't know if the stuff was still there or not. I thanked him for his help and we set off to check out the old power plant. The old power plant is right next to the city service center so I stopped in there to ask about it. That led to a chain of events which ended up in a visit to the basement of the power plant and the discovery of the best pile of shelter supplies I have found still in place since I started this CD museum site. It's been since the late 1980s since I have seen a shelter with a decent stock of supplies. Now, finally, I found a good example to show here.
Fallout Shelter Sign Over Front Door
I can usually spot a shelter sign on a building a mile away but this one is a bit covered-up. Actually, I passed this building when first driving into town but I didn't see the shelter sign because of the ivy. I remarked to my son something like "look at that old funky place" when we went by it the first time. The capacity number is too faded to make out on the sign. The building looks a little neglected from the outside mainly because of some painting that needs to be done on the window frames but the inside is another story all together.
After a few hours and several calls I met a gentleman who works with the city electric utilities at the power plant. When we went inside I was amazed! It was like going back in time 50 years. The building houses 6 huge generators that are all in operable condition. The man with the utilites dept. said that they haven't started them in about a year though. The floor level shown in this photo is just a little higher than the outside ground level. There is a basement below the floor level which is where the fallout shelter area is. The room at the far end of the building in the photo is where the basement access is located.
Fallout Shelter Area and Shelter Supplies
Fallout Shelter Supplies