Some bunkers remain locked, while others have had their asbestos-laden doors removed or propped open. In 1942, one of the plants supplying the bunkers exploded. The blast was felt “for a radius of 100 miles.”(1) Despite the severity of the calamity, the other 11 production facilities at the site remained in operation.
- Eaves, Chris (March 16, 2020). Abandoned Government No. 3 [Photograph]. Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, Ill. Shot on a Canon 6D at 35mm, 1/125 sec., f8 at ISO400.
(1) Associated Press, “Explosion Fails To Jar Morale”, The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Washington, Sunday 7 June 1942, Volume 60, Number 24, page 3.)