Carthage Evening Press
Monday, January 22, 1962
Dean Lupkey, Civil Defense Director for the State of Missouri, said at Jefferson City today that steps will be taken to determine the feasibility of the use of the cave under Carthage for a fallout shelter.
Lupkey’s comment came in response to a request from Rep. Robert E. Young (Rep) of the Jasper county First district that the evaluation of the cave under Carthage be included in the Fallout Shelter Survey Program that has been pending for Southwest Missouri.
A contract for the shelter survey program to mark buildings and structures which can provide adequate shelter in 12 Southwest Missouri counties including Jasper county has just been awarded Allgeier-Martin and Associates at Joplin.
Information regarding the contract was jointly released by Lupkey and Colonel Alfred J. D’Arezzo, district engineer, U.S. Army Engineer District, St. Louis.
Lukpey elaborated that the Joplin architect-engineer firm will be officially advised immediately that the Jasper county phase of the new survey is to include the evaluation of the underground cave at Carthage as requested by Representative Young.
The state civil defense director revealed that previous study has shown extensive mining area in Jasper county could be renovated for shelter purpose. The area includes 400,300 square feet owned by Carthage Crushed Limestone and 1,100,000 square feet owned by Independent Gravel.
Lupkey said that both mine space and cave space would represent large savings over actual construction of shelters if such a program is ever started.
Other counties to be included in the new program to mark buildings and structures which can provide adequate shelter include Barry, Barton, Christian, Dade, Greene, Lawrence, McDonald, Newton, Polk, Stone, and Taney.
Elmer Allgeier, formerly of Carthage, of the the Allgeier-Martin firm will direct the survey that is getting under way immediately for Southwest Missouri. Counties included can expect representatives of the firm to call soon and identify themselves.
Col. D’Arezzo of the Army Engineers said that the firm will use engineers who have specialized training in structural analysis of fallout shelters. The initial job, he said, will be to prepare maps showing the location of all buildings which appear to offer a substantial degree of protection from radioactive fallout for a minimum of 50 people.
Lupkey requested all officials who are contacted by the architects and engineers to cooperate fully in the expedited program for gathering necessary information.
The evaluation of the Carthage underground cave, he explained, will concern means of ingress, hazardous conditions and necessary habitability improvement.
There also will be an indication of which portions of the state’s population might be able to gain access to various alert situations.