Moving into a new house is an exciting time. You get to pick out new furniture, paint and decorate the yard to entertain. But for some people, a backyard might mean that you actually have a small piece of land full of surprises! That was definitely the case for John Simms, an Arizona man who was unexpectedly met with a backyard surprise after purchasing his home within this past year. Backyards are for BBQs, pools, and overall enjoyable outdoor activities. Instead, John found himself with a secret mystery he never expected. Click through to see what incredible mystery John uncovered in the backyard of his Arizona home.
#18 John Thought There Might Be Something
When John first purchased his new Arizona home, he thought that there might be something hidden in his backyard. There had been rumors of something mysterious back there, which is partially why he chose to buy the house in the first place. He was an adventurous guy curious to explore. Soon he would learn that there was something hidden back there…
#17 Excited To Explore
John had a lot of knowledge of the subject of exploring abandoned spaces. If anyone were to take on the challenge of digging up a hidden secret, John was the right guy. And he was especially eager to accept the challenge. There was a lot of possibilities of what might be hidden beneath the ground in his yard.
#16 Rumors Of A Secret
Simms had heard rumors from the friend that he purchased the home from that there might have been a potential shelter in the backyard. None of the previous homeowners had done any digging to discover if the rumors were true. John was eager and ready to find out, though. What he did next will shock you…
#15 It Might Be A Shelter
Around Cold War times, there had been nuclear warheads stationed around the area that John’s house was in. This meant that those warheads were ready to be deployed at any time. Many families in the area prepared for this, so the speculation of a secret shelter in the backyard was such an unlikely thing. Only, it turns out it wasn’t…
#14 Curiosity Grew
John’s curiosity was growing like crazy, and he was eager to begin discovering. What could possibly lie beneath his yard? Even if he does end up finding a shelter, what could possibly be hidden in the secret space? Was there even a shelter at all, or was it all just rumor. John decided to take matters into his own hands to find out.
#13 Dying To Investigate
John was dying to investigate his backyard. He began rummaging around and trying to see if there was anything in the backyard that might lead to the discovery of the shelter. Instead of randomly digging around, however, he instead wanted to be smart about it. He thought of something that would help him in investigating his discovery.
#12 He Found A Blue Print
He went to find public records and was able to get a blueprint of the house. Once he saw that the shelter was included in the layout of the property, he knew that it was definitely there and ready to be discovered! John’s dreams were coming true, and soon he would be able to find what he had been looking for.
#11 At First He Found Nothing
When John first began digging around, he had no luck. He thought he knew exactly what he was doing, and was disappointed that he couldn’t find the shelter. Perhaps it had already been discovered and destroyed? John wasn’t gaining any new discoveries while exploring in his backyard and hope was draining quickly.
#10 Was Ready To Give Up
John was almost ready to give up on exploring his backyard to find a secret hidden bomb shelter. He had no luck in finding the shelter this far, so efforts seemed futile. But he wasn’t ready to just quit on it quite yet. He decided to enlist the help of an expert, who had a great idea in finding the entrance to the secret shelter.
#9 He Decided To Use A Metal Detector
The expert brought a metal detector! This would allow him to search his backyard for the entrance without having to dig anything up! Before he knew it, John was able to find the entrance of the shelter using the metal detector! He quickly dug up the entrance and was ready to explore. But he couldn’t go in quite yet.
#8 He Couldn’t Go In Just Yet
John had no idea what could possibly be lying under the shelter. The air itself could have been toxic to John, so he had to take things slow and make sure he went about things right in order to have a smooth and easy discovery. He tested the air first thing to be able to slowly start discovering the shelter.
#7 He Also Couldn’t Go Alone
John also knew that there was no way that he’d be able to do this alone. He feared that if he entered the shelter by himself, the door might fall back on top of him. He feared that if this happened, there’d be no way he’d be able to get back out. Who even knew what could possibly be down there? It was best to not do it alone.
#6 It Was All Still There
When he first began digging, it looked as though it was slightly filled in. John wasn’t sure if he’d actually find anything left or if it would all just be the entrance. However, as soon as he entered, he discovered that it was all actually still there, ready for him to explore!
#5 It Was In Good Condition
Much to his surprise, the shelter was actually in good condition. There was no exact way to know just how long the shelter had been there, and no way of knowing what kind of condition the original builders actually kept it in. But it was in a decent condition, and just needed a little bit of TLC to make it new!
#4 It Was For Hiding
The original intention of the shelter was for hiding. The original builders created it at first in order to be able to hide from enemies or bomb effects during a time when everyone feared war. Really, the only reason it was there was for survival, so John didn’t find much other than basic necessities for surviving.
#3 He Found Other Artifacts
Within the shelter, John found other supplies that had been put there in order to survive, like this can! He found numerous other survival tools, but it appeared that they were never actually used. In reality, this is a good thing! He had stumbled upon someone’s safe space, and luckily it never had to be used.
#2 It Was Never Used
Not long after the Cold War, our country was able to go back to relaxing. This basically made the shelter obsolete. That is probably why the entrance ended up getting buried. The original owners knew there wasn’t really a use for the shelter anymore so they decided to just bury it up. But John intends to finally give it a purpose.
#1 Restoration Plans
John plans on restoring the entire shelter and using it for a purpose. He wants to rebuild the entrance so that it’s much easier and safer to get in and out of. Once restoration is done, he’s not sure exactly what he’ll use it for. The only thing he knows for certain is that he’ll be using it as an escape from the harsh Arizona heat.
What John discovered was truly incredible! It’s not every day that you find an entire shelter in your backyard! Most people would get lucky if they found a cool rock or shell in their backyard. But John was able to discover a safe space that he could use for anything! Many people think it’s the perfect spot for a “man cave,” while others think the temperatures and location would make an incredible wine cellar. Regardless of what John decides to do with it, it’s truly an amazing discovery that’s all his own! At first, John didn’t think he’d even find anything, but he was persistent and able to discover something incredible!