Eerie Historical Photos From The Past

By Sophia Maddox | December 4, 2023

Ladder 3 was one of the first firetrucks to show up at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001

You’ve heard that a photo is worth a thousand words, but photos like the collection here have stories with so much more to say. These pictures give an insight into what life was like in eras as disparate as the 18th century and the 1970s. You’ll see what life was like for a kid in America during the baby boom, and how the Native people of America lived long before the modern metropolis existed. These rare historical aren’t just informative, they’re a fun look at a time long gone, and maybe a time that you wish you could go back to. Prepare to be astonished and read on!

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Source: Wikimedia Commons

As soon as disaster struck on the morning of September 11, 2001, the crew of Ladder 3 rushed towards the Twin Towers without a thought of everything that could go wrong. Captain Patrick Brown led his team up to the 40th floor of the North Tower in an attempt to save as many New Yorkers as possible. Unfortunately the firefighters went down with the skyscraper as it collapsed onto the front of the fire truck. Ladder 3 was stored at JFK International Airport for a decade until the it was lowered via crane into the Memorial Museum in New York City. Covered with Fire Department of New York and US flags, it now serves as a monument to all those men who bravely gave their lives to save others.

Blackfoot tribe members stand proud at Glacier National Park in Montana, 1913

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Source: Photograph by Roland W. Reed

One of the most beautiful places in the country is Glacier National Park in Montana, but it hasn’t always been a park that you can just stroll into. All the way up to the 1800s the Blackfeet Nation occupied the area that once stretched as far south as Yellowstone National Park before it was taken in a land grab by the United States government. In 1895 the US government worked out a pretty rough deal for the tribe that garnered them only $1 million and the guarantee that the area was meant to remain public lands. To make matters worse, when the Blackfeet were removed from the land a fence was put up to keep them from entering whenever the felt like it, requiring them to get the permission of a park ranger whenever they wanted to visit.