Historical Timetable & The Cold War

Seneca Army Depot Explosives sign

After WWII was over, the Seneca Depot, like other depots across the United States, went into a peacetime lull. However, the Korean War in the 1950s, followed by the Vietnam war of the 1960s and early 1970s once again made the Depot come to life as it provided munitions to those campaigns. The first Desert Storm war in 1990-91 was the last campaign for the Depot and it went out in a grand scale as the Depot provided nearly all the munitions used in that campaign, over 35,000 tons in all!

The Cold War with the Soviet Union, especially during the 1960s made for an uneasy time at the Depot, as well as the rest of the country. Troops were constantly on the lookout for spies and other kinds of enemy activity that could threaten the integrity of the facility. Small bomb shelters were built in random locatons among the igloos as a protective measure for the workers and GI’s at the Depot.

The Army announced in 1995 that the Depot would be closing as it (the Depot) no longer met the new mission of the US Army. The Depot officially terminated in September 2000.

Today, the Depot is owned in large part by the Seneca County Industrial Development Agency (IDA). The only lands still retained by the US Army are those lands being decontaminated. Once those remaining acres are cleaned to both state and federal health and environmental standards, they will be transferred to the IDA. This final transfer is expected to happen in the next two to three years.