The Zwick family lived in their Neenah, Wisconsin, home for more than a decade before they thought to open the Cold War bunker in their backyard.
Floating in five feet of water, were sealed metal U.S. Army ammo boxes packed with all the supplies a family would need to survive two weeks underground.
Fully Preserved: The previous owner of the shelter packed away candies, raisins, Hershey’s syrup and other sweets
The family thought there might be ammunition in the old ammo cans so they called the local branch of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. What they found instead was candy and paper products.
A rusted military supply box preserved the paper contents perfectly
‘It was all of what you would expect to find in a 1960s fallout shelter. It was food, clothing, medical supplies, tools, flashlights, batteries – items that you would want to have in a shelter if you planned to live there for two weeks,’ said homeowner Carol Hollar-Zwick.
Candles, a garden hose and dozens of other items that were carefully packed in the bunker were all perfectly preserved
The Zwick family donated all the items to the Neenah Historical Society, which has curated an exhibit about the Cold War and the fear of the Soviets using ‘the bomb.’
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