Our modern lives seem to revolve around money and fortune nowadays. Everyone is constantly chasing it, and very few people seem to enjoy the ride as much as the desired destination. Then there are some folks who seem to stumble upon real-life treasure all the time. They’re part of a trend called “urban exploration.”
Basically, an urban explorer is anyone curious enough to explore an abandoned building or structure and take a few pictures to share with the internet. Freaktography, the urban explorer and subject of this article, recently went through an abandoned house that was completely untouched since roughly the 1930s, and the photos he took were simply stunning.
And yeah, we meant what we said above. On slide #2, he found actual treasure!
Click through to see his incredible story of exploration and discovery!
#12 Freaktography Is A Skilled Vigilante Photographer
Freaktography is a hobbyist who enjoys breaking into abandoned houses and exploring the mysteries that are inside. He photographs every step of his journey, but due to the illegal measures he sometimes takes during his explorations, his identity has remained anonymous to this day. But that doesn’t mean we don’t get to see his amazing photography!
#11 The Kitchen Was In Good Shape
One of the first mysteries he discovered after breaking into the house was the state the kitchen was in. All of the cupboards were still stocked with canned goods and various foods. And the dishes seemed to be put away neatly. There were a lot of mysteries in the cupboards, but that wasn’t the only discovery Freaktography made…
#10 The Upstairs Wasn’t Looking As Good
When he made his way to the upstairs rooms, he found a pretty chaotic mess. The floors had begun to give out and it was a bit more disheveled. Although it wasn’t in the best shape, there were still a lot of items to be investigated throughout the bedrooms. You won’t believe what he’s about to find!
#9 The Crucifix Is Still Intact
Although many of the walls were falling apart with chipped paint flakes covering the floors, at least one item that was hanging on the wall was eerily unmoved: the family crucifix, pictured here, firmly affixed to the wall. As you can clearly see from the photos, this is a house with a lot of character. And what’s more …
#8 It Seems Frozen In Time
As the photographer kept exploring the house, he began to realize something. It seemed as though this family very abruptly abandoned their home. Everything seemed almost frozen in time, like the family had simply disappeared one day. The things he discovered only got creepier as he continued through the house …
#7 What Might Have Caused Them To Leave?
The radio on the dresser gives some insight into what kind of people may have lived in the house. The baseball sitting on top could mean a lot of things. Did they play baseball? Did they just enjoy the sport? Was it just an ordinary baseball, or was it a souvenir they got from the first game they ever went to?
#6 The Children’s School Books Remain
Many parents enjoy keeping the belongings of their children from school. Even the smallest school project is something our mothers and fathers want to keep throughout their lifetime. It seems strange, then, that the photographer was able to find so many school books that the family just left behind with no clues.
#5 Even The School Uniform Is Intact
If you look at the back of the closet door, you can see clothes hanging there. The photographer stated that it appeared to have been a school uniform. This is extra creepy, then, because you only lay out the clothes for the next day if you actually expect to wear them the next day. So we have to wonder, did these people just leave in the middle of the night?
#4 Beauty Remains In The Chaos
One thing that Freaktography reminds us of is that he is an artistic photographer. He is able to capture the beauty within some of the destructive rubble that appears throughout the abandoned houses he explores. Even though the wall is crumbling and all that remains is a photograph hanging, there is still beauty inside this home. He finds something else pretty interesting soon as well…
#3 He Found Something Behind A Mattress
While rummaging behind a mattress, Freaktography discovered the box in this photo. It’s a pretty cool antique find, but it doesn’t compare with what he found on the next slide! The family left the house without any clues as to where they went, but this extra discovery makes their mystery all the more confusing.
#2 Actual Treasure!
Freaktography discovered almost $7,000 in cash! The bills were both American and Canadian, but that is still a huge stash. If this family had left in peace, don’t you think they would have wanted to take the money with them? This treasure discovery makes the mystery as to why the family left even more confusing.
#1 A Lot Is Still Unknown About The Family
Freaktography turned the money over to the government, which has a program that allows people to claim abandoned money they think might be theirs. No one has come forward yet, so the mystery of the abandoned house remains! Freaktography’s images have been going viral in the urban exploration community, so it could only be a matter of time before we learn more about this creepy house.
Discoveries like these are amazing, but also a little frustrating. Will we ever truly know the story of the family who used to live in this house? A lot of times, abandoned houses are foreclosures or other situations in which families willingly leave their things behind. But this family seemed as though they took nothing of importance with them when they left. And they also left behind a lot of treasure! But luckily, photographers like Freaktography are exploring the world and bringing stories like this to light so we can hopefully get a little closer to discovering new truths every day.