At the height of the Cold War, one of the largest nuclear fallout shelters of its time was built in Lincoln, Nebraska. It was a converted 23,000 square-foot water reservoir in Irvingdale Park built to accommodate 1,500 people.
The shelter was dedicated 52 years ago, on April 10, 1962, with great fanfare, the ceremony attracting high-ranking national defense officials.
It was built with the hope that in the event of the unthinkable, some Lincolnites would be saved.
There was no mention who would make up the 1,500 people the shelter was able to accommodate. Probably local dignitaries and their families.
The fallout shelter was located in the north portion of Irvingdale Park between 17th and 20th Streets and between Van Dorn and Smith Streets.
The old shelter now serves as storage for Lincoln Parks and Recreation.