Cold War History Sites
Courtesy of www.coldwar-ma.com
Did You Know?
You may already know about the former Strategic Air Command base in Chicopee and about the numerous defense industries scattered throughout the Boston area but did you know that during the Cold War years:
Boston was surrounded by more than a dozen missile bases.
The U.S. Army operated a nuclear reactor in Watertown, MA.
Both FEMA and the Mass. state government build nuclear hardened, underground bunkers in the Framingham area, just far enough from Boston so as to hopefully survive an atomic attack on that city.
More than 1,000 hydrogen bombs were quietly stockpiled in Chicopee, MA. in a fortified Weapons Storage Area.
An alternate Strategic Air Command Post Attack Command and Control bunker was built into the side of a mountain in Hadley, ready to fight WW3 should the primary SAC facility in Colorado be knocked out.
A fallout shelter was built for JFK in Nantucket.
Amherst came very close to being bumped to near the top of the Russian attack list.
Over a dozen Massachusetts companies were quietly given quantities of uranium and/or plutonium to experiment with.
A Boston bank built an underground fallout shelter for their records and key personnel in Pepperell, MA.