The Zwick family had been living in their home in Neenah, Wisconsin for over a decade. They always knew there was a metal door hidden in the ground in their backyard, but they never thought to explore it before. Then, one day, the family decided to crack open the metal hatch.
As it turns out, there was a Cold War-era fallout shelter buried in the backyard. A ladder led them down into a bunker, which was a treasure trove, full of items from the past.
Frank Pansch, a local surgeon, was the home’s previous owner. He built the shelter in 1960, two years before the Cuban Missile Crisis. During that time, many Americans were preparing themselves for nuclear warfare.
Most fallout shelters weren’t intended to protect a family from a blast, but to keep them safe when the area would be full of radiation and nuclear fallout.
This family was lucky to have such a once-in-a-lifetime discovery. They had a little piece of history hidden in their yard for years.