Air Raid Icon T-Shirt

Phinney Ridge | Seattle, WA

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Color: Black
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Erected in 1954 in response to the perceived threat of nuclear air raids, Seattle’s Phinney Park Air Raid Tower is one of two remaining example of the six Victory sirens that once blared out across the city during nerve-wracking weekly tests.

The tower is one of the few remaining Cold War air raid towers not only in Seattle, but in the United States at large. The warning tower was topped by the most powerful siren ever built: a 12-foot long, six-foot high monster powered by a 331-cubic inch, 180-horsepower, Chrysler V-8 Hemi engine that could push out a blare that could be heard for miles around. The siren no longer works, but up until the 1970s, it sounded every Wednesday at noon as part of routine testing that would see children diving under their desks.

Source: Atlas Obscura


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