Jon Crispin's Notebook

Cold War Bunker (Revisited)

Posted in Abandoned Buildings, Government, historic buildings, History, Uncategorized by joncrispin on 11/09/2016

Cold War Bunker

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.

Cold War Bunker

When Craig Williams and I went down into the bunker, we were accompanied by a couple of local policemen who thought there might be people inside, as the gate had been forced open.  They checked it out and the space was empty, so we went in.  As you can see by the beads of water on the wall, it was really humid and musty.

Cold War Bunker

There was electricity, so most of the fluorescent lights were still working.

Cold War Bunker

Abandoned spaces have always fascinated me, and I’ve been lucky to get access to some amazing buildings.

Cold War Bunker

The idea that the usefulness of a place can end abruptly, and that an organization like the State of New York can basically walk away from it is especially interesting.  I had the same feeling with my Silent Voices project (click on “asylums”).

Cold War Bunker

It is amazing what gets left behind.  There is some pretty old technology in this shot.  My dad had a Wollensack tape recorder like the one above that I used to play with as a kid.

Cold War Bunker

There are usually lots of keys in places like this.

Cold War Bunker

I am not sure when New York State shut down these sites, but I believe there were 6 or 7 of them scattered around the state.

Cold War Bunker

There must have been some permanent staff who worked here, but I would guess that it was a small crew that could have been expanded on during a crisis.

Cold War Bunker

It must have been an interesting place to work.

Cold War Bunker

I realized while writing this post that I knew very little about the history of these sites, so with a quick internet search, I found this great resource.

Cold War Bunker

The U. S. Government logo for civil defense is a beautiful design; as I was growing up in the 60s it was everywhere.

Cold War Bunker

As were these old rotary phones.

Cold War Bunker

Both the Federal and State governments were active in distributing information about what to do in the case of an emergency situation, which seemed to always be about some sort of attack from the USSR.

Cold War Bunker

This is a page from an old Ridgid Tool calendar.  There were a bunch of these scattered around the floor.

Cold War Bunker

Here’s one last shot of the main room.  Thanks to Craig for setting me up to get into this place.  I’ll try to do something with the Attica artifacts sometime soon.

I finally figured out why I have so many new followers.  WordPress featured me on their main site, and I want to thank them for doing so.  I was going to try to explain to you recent followers what I am trying to do here, but it is kind of obvious if you just jump around through my previous posts.  So, welcome and thanks for following.

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  1. laurascavone said, on 11/09/2016 at 3:57 pm

    Love these abandoned spaces too. As if nature is taking back what was once hers.

  2. Karen Van Benschoten said, on 12/09/2016 at 1:55 pm

    I was a young child of the 60’s and a teen in the 70’s, and I grew up and lived in New York for 19 years, and I had no idea these places existed! It was a fascinating tour to me, and I wish I could’ve actually seen one of these. I remember those phones and all that wired technology. It’s amazing how much things have changed since then. And Russia, or USSR as it was called back then, never did actually attack the US, much less New York State. In what part of the state is this? I sort of remember Attica, but don’t know where it is.

    • joncrispin said, on 12/09/2016 at 9:34 pm

      The bunker is in Batavia, not far from Rochester. Thanks for your comment, and interest. Best, Jon

  3. Tania M said, on 12/09/2016 at 8:01 pm

    I also love abandoned spaces, thank you so much for these great pictures and info (I followed all the links). I wish there was a way to re-purpose a space like this – underground housing???


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