Grand Canyon Caverns Fallout Shelter - Peach Springs, AZ
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member DopeyDuck
N 35° 31.069 W 113° 13.125
12S E 298802 N 3932733
Quick Description: Technically, this 2000-person bomb shelter 21-stories underground is still a viable shelter today. Anyone care for some nearly 50-year-old Saltine crackers?
Location: Arizona, United States
Date Posted: 4/11/2010 4:19:27 PM
Waymark Code: WM8JWN
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member PTCrazy
Views: 16

Long Description:
According to Wikipedia, "During the 1963 Cuban Missile Crisis, the U.S. Government, deployed enough water and food rations to the Caverns, to support up to 2,000 people for up to 2 weeks. These supplies remain there today and are seen by all visitors who tour the caverns, but a more interesting fact is that these supplies are still as ready to eat and drink as they were more than 4 decades ago due to the constant dry and cool temperature of the air inside." (visit link)

According to another blog, "One of the more unexpected surprises on the cavern tour is manmade. During the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis the U.S. Government took control of all the caves and caverns in the country. They figured these subterranean hideaways would make great bomb shelters. The bomb shelter experts estimated that Grand Canyon Caverns would hold approximately 2,000 people for two weeks. Accordingly, they stocked the larger cavern with sufficient food, water, and portable toilets for that number. For some reason, however, these same experts figured 2,000 people could get by with just three, that’s right, three rolls of toilet paper. Luckily for all of us, the crisis was diffused and the caverns weren’t needed. The supplies weren’t needed either, so they remain, all these years later, just as they were stacked (for all you lovers of C and K rations, I’ll bet there’s a tin of peanut butter that would bring back all sorts of memories). Like everything else in the caverns, guides assure us the rations are preserved, and as palatable today as they ever were." (visit link)
Capacity of shelter: 2000

Radiation monitoring equipment: Not Listed

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