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Beer's Here: 1941

Beer's Here: 1941

September 1941. Hermiston, Oregon. "When workmen at the Umatilla ordnance depot broke a world record by pouring concrete for twenty-four igloos in twenty-four hours, the contractor threw a beer party for them." (The "igloos" were concrete bunkers for storing munitions.) Medium format acetate negative by Russell Lee. View full size.

 

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History and future of the former ordnance depot here.

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In March 1944, one of the concrete igloos exploded while being loaded with 500-pound bombs, killing six workers.

The depot closed in 2012, but today 1001 igloos remain on the site. "Nearly all of them are empty," according to the Oregon Encyclopedia.

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