quehanna - curtiss wright

quehanna - curtiss wright

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curious

Saint Marys, PA

#1 Feb 28, 2011
Curious if anyone has any interesting info on quehanna back when curtiss wright was up there. Maybe someone has heard some good stories from parents/grandparents that may have worked there.
zyu

Clearfield, PA

#2 Feb 28, 2011
curious wrote:
Curious if anyone has any interesting info on quehanna back when curtiss wright was up there. Maybe someone has heard some good stories from parents/grandparents that may have worked there.
http://www.dep.state.pa.us/brp/Quehanna/Histo...
curious

Saint Marys, PA

#3 Feb 28, 2011
Thanks but i seen that before. I have never been able to find anything on the bunkers that are still standing up there. They are across the highway from where the reactor once was. Had something to do with experimental jet engines i think.

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#4 Feb 28, 2011
As you probably know, the bunkers have been made into homes for bats, one of which has been vandalized.

I visited them in the early 80's with a guy who knew some of the history. He told me that they used to run jet engines on stands near the bunkers and of course, since this was early in their development, they would sometimes explode, thus the need for the bunkers. I was also told these weren't just ordinary jet engines but don't know whether that is 100% true or not.

I was also told that during the demolition of various things, a crew was cutting into a tank and it exploded, killing two men, sending one of them skidding across the concrete and that markings that were there at the time were made by his body.

In later years, the person who I was there with said he was in an airport waiting for a flight and he struck up a conversation with another guy who said he had worked at the facility. He showed him huge scars on his legs that he claimed were from some sort of radioactive jet fuel that had exploded and struck him in the legs.

I still have a chunk of glass from the windows in one of the bunkers.
Anger Management

Baltimore, MD

#5 Mar 1, 2011
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quehanna_Wild_Ar...

The site had a nuclear reactor and were doing experimental jet engines. Doing some more research on this story it seems some of the radioactive waste was just put in 50 gallon drums and buried on site by workers in the early years of the project.
zyu

Clearfield, PA

#6 Mar 1, 2011
Anger Management wrote:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Q uehanna_Wild_Area
The site had a nuclear reactor and were doing experimental jet engines. Doing some more research on this story it seems some of the radioactive waste was just put in 50 gallon drums and buried on site by workers in the early years of the project.
Yes, and not all were buried. You could see out back the rusted drums near the well where we got our water. The state had denied it. There were a lot of people who worked at Piper who developed cancers and other types of disease.
zyu

Clearfield, PA

#7 Mar 1, 2011
Yes, and not all were buried. You could see out back the rusted drums near the well where we got our water. The state had denied it. There were a lot of people who worked at Piper who developed cancers and other types of disease.
landing lights

Clearfield, PA

#8 Mar 1, 2011
those bunker windows were thicker than anything imaginable in the glass world.

I wonder how tens of thousand bullets were used to decimate those windows?
curious

Saint Marys, PA

#9 Mar 1, 2011
i found two 55 gallon drums back where the reactor once was. I know they were supposed to clean all that up. The drums were down over the hill towards the bridge on lost run rd. Thought about calling someone, but the drums were old and rotted through anyway.
One of the bunkers is buried in dirt now. All you can see is one of the vents. The other bunker is still there and in good shape. Other than all the glass windows are gone. I would have liked to see with the thick glass in there. I have heard alot of different stories about those jet engines. From trying to design a nuclear jet engine (which fits in with the time period) to running the engines wide open throwing nuclear stuff through the engines to see how much they would take before failure.
Pretty cool history for up there in the middle of nowhere.

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#10 Apr 11, 2011
Here are the bunkers, converted to bat habitat. I took these pictures in 2007.

http://oi55.tinypic.com/vqnrxw.jpg

http://oi55.tinypic.com/25a80hc.jpg
One Eyed Jack

Wilmington, OH

#11 Apr 11, 2011
Do the bats glow in the dark?

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#12 Apr 11, 2011
The bunkers are bunker hills now. The have covered them up completely and grass is growing on them. I was back there a few months ago. I was there as a kid and partied there a few times when I was a teen. I have tons of stories. Way to many to write. My Grandpa showed me where there was once an airport out in the middle of nowhere and also where trucks,tanks and drums were buried. They paid some fellas from the area to bury many of the items. They were trying to develop a nuclear powered airplane engine. Some of the links posted probably cover this but there were many "companies" there over the years. Companies is in quotes because of the stories I was told about some people there from different branches of the government.
curious

Nevada, IA

#13 Apr 13, 2011
I was just there. Only one of the bunkers is buried. The other is still above ground. Actually, someone broke the lock off the door, so you can go inside now. Not much in there, but neat to see.
A Mov

United States

#14 Apr 22, 2011
How exactly do you get to these bunkers? I have a camp up here and I would find it very interesting to go take a look
Bunker Hill

Cumberland, MD

#15 Apr 22, 2011
A Mov wrote:
How exactly do you get to these bunkers? I have a camp up here and I would find it very interesting to go take a look
Heading from Clearfield on the Quehanna Highway, they are located about 1/2 mile past Wykoff Run Road on the right. They are on two seperate roads that are located about 1000' apart and each has a gate. Reactor Road is about another 1000' further up on the left.
curious

Macksburg, IA

#16 Apr 22, 2011
Bunker Hill is right. From Wycoff towards the Medix Hotel, the roads are on the right. Not far from Wycoff and before you get to Lincoln and Red Run roads, both have yellow gates on them and the bunkers open up about 1/2 mile back into the woods from Quehanna hwy. Paved the whole way back, so you wont get lost. The first road to the right is the bunker that is now buried, but still worth walking around. The second road leads back to the bunker above ground. If you look around, you can find old sidewalks and cement ponds not far from the bunkers.

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#17 Apr 22, 2011
curious wrote:
Bunker Hill is right. From Wycoff towards the Medix Hotel, the roads are on the right. Not far from Wycoff and before you get to Lincoln and Red Run roads, both have yellow gates on them and the bunkers open up about 1/2 mile back into the woods from Quehanna hwy. Paved the whole way back, so you wont get lost. The first road to the right is the bunker that is now buried, but still worth walking around. The second road leads back to the bunker above ground. If you look around, you can find old sidewalks and cement ponds not far from the bunkers.
Here is one of the cement ponds.

http://oi54.tinypic.com/1z1h3is.jpg
A mov

United States

#18 Apr 24, 2011
Bunker Hill wrote:
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Heading from Clearfield on the Quehanna Highway, they are located about 1/2 mile past Wykoff Run Road on the right. They are on two seperate roads that are located about 1000' apart and each has a gate. Reactor Road is about another 1000' further up on the left.
Ah okay thank you! I will check this out next time I am up I know exactly where reactor road is so it shouldn't be too hard to find
Bob

Rockwood, MI

#19 May 15, 2011
I also visited one of the bunker sites back in Mid October 2010 , the more northern one , which had the longer access road.The yellow gate's lock was rusted off,so it could be opened easily.I believe the PGC has opened these roads at times to allow hunters access.This road however is slowly becoming overgrown and a smaller vehicle is best now for going back there.I found it odd that the bunker was painted black , and as mentioned , the
lock on the door was gone, and inside was a plywood
platform like scalfolding.Maybe this is part of the Bat habit attempts.The whole area around this and the other site are paved in concrete, which is also slowly being re-claimed by the woods.This site
must have been home to countless experiements back in the day ,and is a little spooky if visited alone.I am not sure why the State would go to the trouble of trying to burying these bunkers , unless
they have determined there is still something to hid.Just knock them down if there is a concern for liabilty.This whole area is a part of History of the Cold War time frame , and Pennsylvania's contribution to this era in US history.

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#20 May 15, 2011
Nothing to hide by burying them, Bob. DCNR did it to make bat habitat. There is a geocache in the area along with a couple of pages of the history of the bunkers and area.
Here's a picture of DCNR burying one of the bunkers (not my pic).
http://www.geocaching.com/seek/log.aspx...

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