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Alvira 5

In 1941 the United States entered the Second World War. In 1942 the war effort visited…

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Alvira 5

Category Ghost Towns / Landscape/Nature / Large / Medium / Small
Date October 18, 2015

In 1941 the United States entered the Second World War. In 1942 the war effort visited Alvira, a rural Pennsylvania community. Alvira was considered a prime location for a new ammunition factory and storage facility. With a begrudging sense of patriotic duty and a promise to buy their land back after the war, residents agreed to terms and dispersed to surrounding communities. Alvira was razed. A factory and ammo igloos were built. After the war ended, the factory was sold to the Federal Bureau of Prisons. The land was eventually sold to the state of Pennsylvania. Scores of ammunition igloos still dot the landscape as a symbol of sacrifice and broken promises (Radioactive).

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