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    Root cellars

    I remember seeing many of these structures called root cellars when I was a kid. Every family I knew had one of some kind. Most people today probably are not familiar with them since there's no need but maybe one day there will be. GHQ
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    Your so right, they used to be a normal part of the house. Ice boxes replaced them & you almost never even hear about them anymore. The closest thing we have to them now are bomb shelters (kind of a sad statement about how things were). I do wonder about where I live & how they stored food. Our ground is rocky & it would be just about impossible to dig something like a root cellar here. I have no idea what they did in the old days unless they smoked everything.

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    In this region, the water table is too close to the surface for building a root cellar.
    In days gone by, many of the houses were rather large to accomadate large families, and built in the Creole Cottage Style to facilitate cooling.

    The houses were built about 3-4 feet off of the ground.

    As a young kid, i remember fetching potatoes and onions from under my great-grandparents house. Many food items were stored there. They had a name for that place/space. It was in French and I don't remember.
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    They are just called "cellars" in these parts and I know a few that are still in operation.It would be handy to have one if the big collapse ever hits.


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    Root cellars will be prime targets for rampaging mobs, unless they are in one's cellar/basement. And even then, starving people will be searching for such things. Better have plenty of guns and ammo to defend yourself and your food.

    Sadly, the clay soils here in my part of Texas, pretty much make root cellars an above ground exercise, which negates the true nature of a root cellar. Too damned hot for above ground.
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