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Jennifer Little, an estate manager in the area, has been giving video tours of the Cold War-era shelter, which featured two bunk beds, a bedpan urinal, and a vintage weight-loss machine that was popular at the time.
The TikToker, who is known as @kitty_girl_california, posted her first clip about the secret room a few weeks ago on March 8, explaining that nuclear fallout shelters were actually ‘pretty normal’ at the time.
‘People were so afraid of a nuclear bomb happening on the California coast, especially in central California because it’s so exposed,’ she said.
The clip showed a man dusting off the cobwebs in the manhole before going inside, leaving viewers begging for a full tour of what was below.
The mid-century modern dresser they had to move to get to the manhole weighed 400 pounds, according to Little. The people who built the house also added hidden ventilation in the walls.
Little went on to share follow-up videos that were filmed inside the musty bomb shelter, showing how the stone foundation was leaking.
‘After 50 years it was clearly not weather tight, but we still found some treasures,’ she said of the abandoned room.
The bomb shelter was mostly covered in dust and was in disarray 70 years after it was built, but it was still a sight to see.
It had two flat bunk beds for sleeping, a bedpan urinal, and glass bottles that were strewn about, but the strangest item by far was Stauffer’s ‘Posture-Rest’ machine.
Known as the ‘Magic Couch,’ the vibrating chair was sold as a weight-loss device back in the 1950s.
‘I’m not sure why they built it this way,’ she admitted. ‘You’d have to leave the shelter to go into the dry storage room.’
Little never stated where in central California the home was located or if she owned it, but people have been urging her to fix up the bomb shelter.
Her first video has been watched more than 8.3 million times, and thousands of people have commented on the fascinating clips.
‘Well if there is a zombie apocalypse at least y’all be safe,’ one person joked, while another added: ‘My claustrophobia just went through the roof!’
Others insisted that the bomb shelter could be useful now.
‘Normal for back then? Like…I think we need them now more than ever,’ one TikToker commented.
‘Why don’t you guys get some people to help and restore it just in case,’ someone else suggested, while another agreed: ‘Y’all should clean it up and make it a dream bunker.’