Peek Inside an Oak Cliff Nuclear Fallout Shelter

Oak Cliff Advocate takes a look at the 72-square-foot fallout shelter in Don Sanders’ Kessler Park backyard:

When it came to surviving the bomb, homeowner J.G. Mullhollan went top-of-the-line. He blasted a hole in his rocky backyard and installed a grade-one shelter, the very best. The shelter is still intact, about 12 feet by 6 feet, constructed of solid concrete and insulated using molten lead. “It’s designed for three people to survive for seven days,” says Sanders, who bought the house in August 2012. Preserved underground since 1961 are three canvas bunks, clothing hooks, two pantry cabinets, a water tank, an aluminum garbage can and a chemical toilet. There are even uncapped glass jugs filled with some kind of chemical, unevaporated after all these years, for the emergency commode. The shelter is equipped with two blast doors and crank-operated air intake and ventilation systems. Sanders says several of his neighbors have fallout shelters too, but none is on par with the dentist’s.

Our April issue, featuring the 100 Most Expensive Homes in Dallas, should be arriving in subscribers’ mailboxes soon. How much value do you suppose an A-bomb shelter adds to a house?

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