|Igloo 5186 Q, sibling of the now missing Igloo 5185 Q.|
|The missing igloo, 5185 Q, is marked with a red X. The two neighboring igloos are still intact, and are visible as green bumps. Period newspaper reports ID the wrong igloo as having exploded, 109 R|
|The roads leading to the igloos are marked with signs such as this one. The marking is repeated on the doors of the bunkers as well.|
|Close up of padlock, shielded to make removal difficult.|
|Ladder on igloo front. Note the grounding wire running from the third rung over to the metal rim.|
|Igloo 5184 Q, the other neighbor of the now missing igloo.|
|The missing igloo would be to the right of the telephone pole.|
|Site of 5185. The shallow impressions in the ground are all that is left of tons of concrete and steel. A survey of the site still shows traces of semi-volatile organic compounds, almost 50 years later.|
|Cattle guards are scattered throughout the plant, to keep cows in place. The land was leased out during the war to farmers who let their animals graze around the plant. This eliminated the need for lawnmowing.|
|Every igloo is bracketed by two telephone poles. These are giant lightning rods, designed to send the power of a strike deep into the ground using thick copper cables. More buildings can be seen down the road.|
The three men who were killed in the blast are today buried in surrounding cemeteries in Charlestown, Sellersburg, and Jeffersonville. During the course of my research, I located all three graves, paying my respects at each.
|Dale E. Lord, father of five. He and his wife Bonnie are buried side by side. Dale was known to as "Catfish" to his friends and family.|
|Adair Hayes, father of four, is buried by himself, as far as I could determine. He went by the nickname "Boots," and was the oldest of the three men.|
|William Zimbro, single, was buried with his parents and a sibling. He was one of 12 children.|
|Like Adair Hayes, Mr. Billy Zimbro was a military veteran, and his grave features a second government stone.|
And here are three sets of reports from the Louisville Times. One from the day of the blast, published that evening, and then two from the following days.
|A final departing show of the area, the igloos showing up as weird mounds.|
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