Jon Crispin's Notebook

Cold War Bunker

Posted in Buildings, History by joncrispin on 31/07/2010

Sorry for the lack of posts lately.  I’ve been a bit fluish for the past week. /  After shooting the Attica artifacts in Palmyra, we went over to a near-by site in which Craig Williams was interested.  In the 1960’s, New York State built a comprehensive system of underground bunkers to house important people in case of nuclear attack.  The sites were spread all around the state.  This one was totally abandoned about ten years ago, but for a time housed some State Police offices.  I met one of the guys who had to work down here; an undercover narcotics detective and he said the conditions were pretty awful.  After years of neglect, this place was gross.  All the maps that were painted on the walls were faded, there was mold everywhere, the air quality was probably toxic, and it was just plain nasty.  What a great place to photograph.

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  1. Thom said, on 03/08/2010 at 4:19 pm


    Love the bunker shot…”Very interesting…but TOXIC!”(think Arty Johnson as the Nazi on “Laugh In”!)

    • Tania M said, on 12/09/2016 at 8:03 pm

      The mould looks so extensive – so yes it could be toxic. Jon, I hope you had a respirator.

      • joncrispin said, on 12/09/2016 at 9:32 pm

        Hard to remember, but I think I had a mask.

  2. […] I was looking at some photographs that I took in 2010 of artifacts from the Attica Prison uprising, and came across these shots from a visit to a nearby New York State cold war bunker.  I first mentioned it in a post here. […]

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