Atomic Bomb Shelter: JFK

Navy Seabees constructed President John F. Kennedy’s atomic bomb shelter, known as Detachment Hotel, in December of 1961. Located in Peanut Island, Florida, this top-secret facility would have housed Kennedy in case of a Soviet nuclear strike. It contained a steel door, a decontamination shower, 15 beds in the main room, and a communications center with a ham radio and an escape hatch.There were also one month’s worth of K-rations and water for the president, his advisors, and his family. The government declassified the Detachment Hotel in 1974.