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Archive for March 19th, 2016

By Marshall Wilson

Originally published in The Seattle Times, March 19, 1959

Bomb shelter: Mrs. Ronald Frazier, civil-defense worker in Black Diamond, inspected Franklin Mine, which will be King County’s first radiation fall-out shelter. The mine, which will hold 3,000 persons, would also protect against a nuclear blast. Mrs. Frazier suggested use of the mine after finding home-shelter plans were impractical for her family. —Times staff photo by Larry Dion.

Bomb shelter: Mrs. Ronald Frazier, civil-defense worker in Black Diamond, inspected Franklin Mine, which will be King County’s first radiation fall-out shelter. The mine, which will hold 3,000 persons, would also protect against a nuclear blast. Mrs. Frazier suggested use of the mine after finding home-shelter plans were impractical for her family. —Times staff photo by Larry Dion.

A young mother’s concern for her two children, living in a world filled with international crises, was the spark that has led to King County’s first radiation-fall-out shelter near Black Diamond.

Mrs. Ronald Frazier, reception-area manager for the Black Diamond area, recalls that some world crisis was being discussed about a year ago and she wrote to Edward H. Connor, Seattle–King County civil-defense director, for instructions on how to build a home shelter. (more…)

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