HOT BLAST: Visitors from the Soviet Union in Alabama
May 15, 2013 | 2700 views |  0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Say you were a citizen of the Soviet Union and you scored a U.S. visa in 1955. Your goal was to see what America had to offer.

Here in Alabama, there was good news. You could go anywhere you wanted -- as long as it wasn't up around the Florence area or the cities of Birmingham or Gadsden.

Anniston? Oxford? Anywhere in Calhoun County? Legally, you were welcome.

This 1955 map showing the restricted areas for Soviet citizens is fascinating when you consider the fears of communism and the Cold War at that time. It's interesting that Gadsden was off-limits, but Anniston -- with Anniston Army Depot and Fort McClellan -- was not. Additionally, look at how many U.S. port cities were off-limits to Soviet visitors. But Mobile? Not restricted.

-- Phillip Tutor
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