Front Entry Stairs and Blast Door
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Front Entry Blast Door and Stairway
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This is the Front Entry stairway and blast door. This entrance to the
EOC is located in a vestibule adjacent to the front lobby of the building.
There are three blast doors in all that were to seal the shelter. See the
other two doors on the "Outside The EOC" and the "Outside Entrance" page.
All three doors are actuated by large hydarulic cylinders. The door hinges
are welded directly to the door frames which are imbedded in the floor concrete.
An interesting thing to note is the shackles with bolts hanging from the edge of
the door. These shackles were to be used to seal the door down tight.
I am not a structural engineer but it sure looks to me like it could survive
a "nearby" (a few miles away that is) nuclear explosion. The
door into the EOC is to the right at the bottom of the stairs. Notice
the steel support holding the door open. The above two photos were taken
at two different visits to the shelter. The sign at the top of the stairs
was still there just as I remembered it from my visit to the place when
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December 23 1962 Dallas Times Herald Newspaper Photo
This photo is from a December 1962 Dallas Times Herald article about the
opening of the shelter. Mr Boise B. Smith is shown here standing on the
entry stairs. The sign on the wall behind Mr. Smith above the door opening
says "Blast Door Weighs 4 Tons, Hydraulic Lift Operated, From Inside The Shelter, Only."
Steel Doors At Entrances To Shelter
I thought it was worthwhile to note the steel doors at the front and rear
entrances into the shelter.
If I remember correctly they are about 1/4 inch thick
steel plate with latching bars at the top and bottom. Maybe the purpose of
these was to help shield against any fallout radiation that might have
leaked into the entry stairwells. I don't know. There aren't any weather
seals on these doors. There are also 2 additional wood (if I remember correctly)
doors just inside these steel doors.
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