2022 update – sadly this homemade concrete shelter was destroyed during a municipal water project.
Here are some pics I’ve been meaning to post for a long time. Going through various file folders on my computer I came across them again. What you see here is the entrance to a homemade concrete bunker/fallout shelter.
It looks like a painted shed from the road, but it’s not. It’s all concrete, the roof, walls – everything. The underground “bunker” portion of this building is off to the left, covered over with earth and an old patio area. In the bottom right corner of the picture you see the homeowner holding a flashlight. There is a “DANGER” sign posted on the door, painted over white that you can probably make out.
This is how the “tour” took place. I knew a lady that knew the homeowner who was selling the house/property that included this shelter. I was always talking TEOTWAWKI with her (obviously), so when she was mentioning these people one day she said “you’d like that little ‘bunker’ they’ve got.” This obviously peaked my attention and I kept hounding her to go see it. Eventually she caved and called the guy. He told her to bring me over.
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I suppose “fallout shelter” would be more accurate as I tend to envision a “bunker” as something larger than a fallout shelter, more complex construction, etc. This structure is just off a very busy road. You wouldn’t think twice seeing it in the backyard. It truly looks like a shed.
We opened the “DANGER” door and there was a small amount of junk around the floor. It was probably 6’x8′. There was a very steep set of old stairs under a trap door in the concrete floor. The stairs led down into a room the same size as the “shed” structure itself. It was pitch black down there, so the flashlight was required. Underneath the stairs was a box of what looked like old cans of Beef Ravioli or something similar. There was an open doorway that then led into the larger underground room.
The room was empty with a little water on the floor. These pictures of the walls/corners came out only because of the camera’s flash. I had to guess where I was pointing the camera. As you can imagine, for a SHTF enthusiast, it was such a shame to see the underground shelter not maintained. I’m guessing this larger room was roughly 12’x12′.
Here is a picture of the damp floor and an old, no longer functional electrical outlet box.
This picture is of the concrete ceiling and the air vent, which went above ground behind the “patio” area off to the left of the above ground shed structure. The vent above ground could have been better concealed. The observant eye would have noticed it.
The story goes, as the property owner told me, the man that owned the house associated with this property back in the 50s/60s owned a concrete business with access to excavators, etc. “Supposedly” he built this thing piecemeal from left-over concrete from various commercial projects. Was he part of the One Nation Underground movement?
I checked the realtor property listing at the time I “toured” this fallout shelter to see if the listing mentioned the shelter, but it didn’t. I strongly suspect that had little to do with any intention of keeping it secret for the next buyer and more because they likely thought it didn’t add any value to the property. The listing was on a very commercially developed road, so they were more likely targeting small business owners rather than preparedness minded homeowners.
Addressing the water issue in the shelter could present a challenge, but I wish I had something like this on my property. If the shit ever went down, like really went down, the ability to disappear underground for a while would be invaluable.
Another person I found on Reddit has one as well. Check it out.