The Arcata Community Forest in California was hiding a mysterious secret that no one knew about.
Just as it appeared, it had vanished again without a trace. Authorities and residents have no clues as to how it came to be or how it again disappeared into seemingly thin air.
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All anybody really knows is that it's a little bit creepy, and a little bit awesome. A local resident happened upon the lost cabin where it was hidden in the thick forest vegetation.
The cabin was so well camouflaged that it was hardly noticeable from more than a few feet away.
Having been covered with surrounding plant materials, the cabin blended in perfectly with the scenery around it.
There was no doubt that the owner did not want it to be found. He took great measures to prevent just that.
Lodging and camping is prohibited in the park. Whoever erected the cabin did so at great risk.
Upon notifying the local authorities the cabin was entered and inspected. Officials were eerily surprised at what they found inside.
It was not just an old, lost and abandoned cabin. It was well equipped, complete with supplies, a living area, a make-shift kitchen and even a library and a typewriter.
Judging by the dating on various items in the cabin, it was estimated to have been occupied since as early as 2010.
To imagine that it had stood there for all those years without being found is incredible. Officials, however, could not permit the cabin. It had to be evacuated and it had to be torn down.
Not knowing who the owner was or how to find him, they simply put up a notice with instructions.
When they returned days later to see whether the occupant had complied with their request things got even more mysterious. There was not a trace of a cabin ever being there. It had vanished.
There was no trace of motorized transport or heavy equipment to indicate that the occupant came to remove the cabin. The cabin was simply no longer there.
All they found on the site where the cabin stood was the international symbol for squatters. Who the cabin belonged to no one will ever know. It remains a complete mystery.