Bomb Shelter—BunkerA bed for a nuclear survivor was rudimentary at best.
Hunkered down beneath the peaceful Heritage Park in the town of Eatonia is a little-known artifact of the Cold War era, when the world’s superpowers threatened each other’s destruction with nuclear weapons. It is a small room made of concrete block walls, tucked into one corner of the basement of the town’s restored 1925 railway station. Inside is one of a few remaining examples of a fallout reporting post, part of a network of more than 2,000 modest shelters built across the country in the early 1960s. In case of a nuclear attack, the reporting posts were intended to help maintain communications links across the country and provide regular reports on nuclear fallout levels to larger military command posts.
Bill Wardill, a member of the town’s Heritage Board, has been instrumental in restoring the reporting post, which measures just three metres by two and a half metres (10 feet by 7.5 feet), and is entered through a narrow, dogleg corridor, also constructed of concrete blocks. The original fold-down bunk beds take up one wall of the room, while basic wooden shelves along another wall have been stocked with household items from the period.
View the "Annihilation Map" compiled by Dr. Andrew Burtch, an historian at the Canada War Museum, which pinpoints the known locations of more than 100 Cold War reporting posts across Saskatchewan.
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