Disturbing Photos Show A Darker Side To History

By | January 6, 2023

Cliff House in San Francisco, 1907

History may be full of wonderful and exciting moments, but the following photos show just how dark the past can be. Even the most beautiful of these rare photos from the past contains something eerie if you look close enough.

You won't find these dark images or their stories in history books. As chilling as these photos are if you fully take them in you'll see a silver lining in their darkness. These recently uncovered photos will not only shock you, they'll provide insight into some of our darkest times. You'll see what life was really like in some of the lowest times in history which can really put today in perspective...

Each one of these eerie photos from the past shows a dark side to history, but they also show just how much better off we are today.

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This beautiful home precariously perched on the cliffs north of Ocean Beach in San Francisco, California has a chilling history full of destruction. In spite of its beauty, the house has been through fires and awful moments when ships have run aground into the cliffs on which it sits. The first version of the house survived multiple catastrophes but it was a defective flue that turned the home to rubble.

On Christmas night 1894, the house was burned down after 31 years in existence all because the flue system wasn't working correctly. As the house burned manager J. M. Wilkens tried to rescue the guest register, a book that included the signatures of dignitaries from across the world, but he was unsuccessful and those names are lost to time. The house was rebuilt from the ground up in 1896.

Elvis Presley and Mary Selph riding on his 1971 Harley-Davidson FLH Electra-Glide motorcycle in Memphis, 1972

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Elvis was in a bad way in 1972. At the time he was deep into the drugged out phase that led him to meeting with Richard Nixon in attempt to be deputized into the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous drugs (seriously) and turning his home into a kind of private getaway/surveillance state. As beloved as The King is, his final days in the 1970s definitely aren't his best.

At the time Presley was known for riding around Memphis in one of his many prized vehicles, be it a motorcycle or a car, but he was also busy taking karate lessons. Sadly, his health deteriorated rapidly the following year and he spent three days in a coma in 1973. Even so, he never really stopped performing.