Mines as fallout shelters?

Back in the day, we never knew when the Russkies would start lobbing nukes at us because we had dishwashers, station wagons, and televisions, and they had to wash dishes by hand, drive Volgas and Zils, and listen to The Trotsky Hour on the radio.

We brought the USSR to its knees, but now we have Kim Jong Il and the Jihad Gang trying to get their hands on nukes so they can destroy our American Way of Life, just because.

Now, there's only one way to escape a nuke and that is run and hide. Run hard, run fast, and hide deep. And let's face it, we're just not in shape to run that hard and fast any more, so we need hiding places close by. And they gotta be deep- your closet just isn't gonna cut the mustard when they drop the Big One.

Your Government recognized this need back in the 1960's, and in 1969 they apparently remembered that Nevada is just chock full of deep holes perfect for hiding in. So they chose a few and mapped them just in case we needed 'em. It was part of the National Fallout Shelter Updating Survey, part of the Nevada West Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Civil Defense Department or Bureau or whatever they were.

If you think the idea of hiding in a mine sounds heavenly, you'd be right. From Mine Utilization in Crisis: A Planning Manual"...

This document provides guidance to planners on the use of underground mines as fallout shelters. The guidance is based on the assumptions that only locally available materials, equipment and manpower will be available and that 72 hours will be available for accomplishing the required upgrading of the habitability of the mines.

Wow, a whole 72 hours! You could create quite a palace in 72 hours!

Guidance is provided for installing or upgrading the lighting, ventilation, water supply, and sanitary systems in the mines. The guidance for lighting and ventilation improvements is based on previously conducted experimental studies, and the guidance in water and sanitation is based on information from existing literature concerning such emergency systems and minimum human requirements.

I stumbled on this list when I was cruising through the Nevada Bureau of Mines site. You have to remember, though, that 1969 was almost 40 years ago, and a lot can happen to even a mine in 40 years. Some of them- like Rawhide- are probably gone now. Still, it's an interesting resource.

Some of the maps are available, although if you want them you'll have to go look for them yourself, since I don't want to encourage anyone who doesn't know what they're doing to go into a mine that was last surveyed about forty years ago. Anyway, here's a list of the mines the gummint was considering using for fallout shelters:

 

County
District
PROPERTY
CARSON CITY DELAWARE BUNKER HILL MINE
CHURCHILL BERNICE HOYT MINE (ADIT NO.2)
CHURCHILL DESERT DESERT QUEEN, HAULAGE ADIT
CHURCHILL DESERT DESERT QUEEN, UPPER ADITS
CHURCHILL HOLY CROSS CAMP TERRILL - WEST ADIT
CHURCHILL TOY ST. ANTHONY - EAST ADITS
CHURCHILL TOY ST. ANTHONY MINE - MAIN WORKINGS
CHURCHILL WONDER VULTURE MINE
CLARK BUNKERVILLE GREAT EASTERN MINE
CLARK CHARLESTON LUCKY STRIKE MINE
CLARK ELDORADO JUBILEE MINE
CLARK ELDORADO NELSON TUNNEL
CLARK ELDORADO NELSON TUNNEL
CLARK ELDORADO WALL STREET MINE
CLARK GASS PEAK JUNE BUG MINE
CLARK GOODSPRINGS 41-E BLUE DIAMONE MINE
CLARK GOODSPRINGS ARGENTENA MINE
CLARK GOODSPRINGS ARGENTENA MINE, MAIN ADIT
CLARK GOODSPRINGS BLUE DIAMOND MINE - STORAGE
CLARK GOODSPRINGS FREDRICKSON MINE
CLARK GOODSPRINGS POTOSI MINE
CLARK GOODSPRINGS POTOSI MINE
CLARK GOODSPRINGS POTOSI MINE
CLARK LAS VEGAS BLUE DIAMOND MINE
CLARK LAS VEGAS FRENCHMAN'S MINE
CLARK LAS VEGAS GYPSUM CAVE MINE
CLARK SEARCHLIGHT CHIEF-OF-THE-HILLS MINE
DOUGLAS GARDNERVILLE (EAGLE) BENTLY PROPERTY; PAYDAY NO.1, WILSON ADITS
ESMERALDA DIVIDE DIVIDE MINE
ESMERALDA DIVIDE HASBROUCK MINE
ESMERALDA LIDA WISCONSIN MINE
ESMERALDA RAILROAD SPRINGS HELEN MINE
ESMERALDA SILVER PEAK MARY MINE
HUMBOLDT GOLD RUN CROWN ADELAIDE EAST ADIT
HUMBOLDT GOLD RUN CROWN ADELAIDE-SOUTH ADIT
HUMBOLDT NATIONAL .
HUMBOLDT OPALITE CORDERO MINE
HUMBOLDT POTOSI .
HUMBOLDT POTOSI MOLY MINE
HUMBOLDT WINNEMUCCA PRIDE-OF-SPAIN MINE
HUMBOLDT WINNEMUCCA REO MINE
HUMBOLDT WINNEMUCCA WINNEMUCCA MOUNTAIN MINE
LANDER BATTLE MOUNTAIN .
LANDER BATTLE MOUNTAIN BATTLE MOUNTAIN
LANDER BATTLE MOUNTAIN INDEPENDENCE (DUDLEY WILSON) MINE
LANDER LEWIS BETTY O'NEAL MINE
LANDER McCOY McCOY MINE
LANDER NEW PASS NEW PASS MINE
LANDER REESE RIVER COMMINGS MINE
LANDER REESE RIVER GOLD COIN MINE
LANDER REESE RIVER HERSHAL MINE
LANDER REESE RIVER WOODBRIDGE MINE
LYON SILVER CITY (DAYTON AND KOSSUTH MINES AREA) ALHAMBRA MINE
LYON SILVER CITY (DAYTON AND KOSSUTH MINES AREA) BLACKSMITH SHOP ADIT
LYON SILVER CITY (DAYTON AND KOSSUTH MINES AREA) COMPLEX SOUTH OF COMSTOCK BONANZA NO.2
LYON SILVER CITY (DAYTON AND KOSSUTH MINES AREA) COMSTOCK BONANZA MINE, ADIT NO.2
LYON SILVER CITY (OEST MINE AREA) MOUNTAIN BULLION MINE
LYON SILVER CITY (OEST MINE AREA) OSET ADIT NO.1
LYON SILVER CITY (OEST MINE AREA) OSET ADIT NO.2
LYON SILVER CITY (OEST MINE AREA) V AND T RR TUNNEL-SILVER CITY
LYON SILVER CITY (SPRING VALLEY, HANGING WALL) BROWN ADIT
LYON SILVER CITY (SPRING VALLEY, HANGING WALL) COOK AND GRAY ADIT
LYON SILVER CITY (SPRING VALLEY, HANGING WALL) GOLD CANYON CONSOLIDATED MINE
LYON SILVER CITY (SPRING VALLEY, HANGING WALL) MIDAS MINE
LYON SILVER CITY (SPRING VALLEY, HANGING WALL) PEDROLI MINE
LYON TALAPOOSA .
LYON TALAPOOSA .
LYON TALAPOOSA DYKE MINE
LYON YERINGTON MASON VALEY
LYON YERINGTON MASON VALEY
LYON YERINGTON MASON VALEY
LYON YERINGTON MASON VALEY
LYON YERINGTON WESTERN NEVADA MINE
MINERAL LEONARD EAGLE MINE
MINERAL LEONARD NORTH GROUP-SUNNYSIDE DISTRICT
MINERAL LEONARD SOUTH GROUP-SUNNYSIDE DISTRICT
MINERAL RAWHIDE ADIT ON EAST SIDE OF GRUTT HILL
MINERAL RAWHIDE ADIT ON WEST SIDE OF GRUTT HILL
MINERAL RAWHIDE GROUP ON EAST SIED OF BALLOON HILL
NYE GABBS .
PERSHING ANTELOPE SPRINGS PERSHNING QUICKSILVER
PERSHING ROCHESTER PITT ADIT
STOREY CASTLE PEAK CASTLE PEAK
STOREY COMSTOCK (BURNSWICK, OCCIDENTAL) COMSTOCK EAST WALL MINE
STOREY COMSTOCK (BURNSWICK, OCCIDENTAL) LONG ADIT CANYON
STOREY COMSTOCK (BURNSWICK, OCCIDENTAL) OCCIDENTAL MINE
STOREY COMSTOCK (COMSTOCK FLOWERY) LADY BRYAN ADIT
STOREY COMSTOCK (COMSTOCK FLOWERY) PET ADITS
STOREY COMSTOCK (GOLD HILL, GENERAL) V AND T RR TUNNEL- S.E. OF VIRGINIA CITY
STOREY COMSTOCK (MIDDLE GROUP, CHOLLAR-POTOSI) CHOLLAR MINE
STOREY COMSTOCK (NORTH END MINES, SIERRA NEVADA) SUTRO MINE
STOREY SILVER CITY (GOLD HILL AREA) EILEEN ADITS
WASHOE OLINGHOUSE CROWN POINT MINE, KEYSTONE
WASHOE PEAVINE STANDARD MINE, FRAVEL
WASHOE PYRAMID CINCH MINE