Mysteries in American History
Aliens and UFO's
Creatures & Monsters
Disappearances & Mysterious Deaths
Lost Treasure Tales
Objects & Places
People & Events
There are dozens of unexplained events and
American History. From ancient times to more recent
events, questions remain unanswered, crimes were never solved, strange
creatures lurk in forests and lakes, people go missing and are never
found, the government is suspected of cover-ups, and accepted written
history is often questioned. Some mysteries will, undoubtedly, never
be solved, others prompt new generations, with advanced technologies, to
search for answers; yet more, remain the subjects of intense debates.
Why did the Anasazi people abandon their
cities? What is the Moth Man? Did
Meriwether Lewis commit suicide or
was he murdered? Did the Romans explore America? What mysteries do the
Nevada and Alaska Triangles hide? Does
Bigfoot really exist? What is
the legend of Dudleytown, Connecticut? Where did the people of the
Roanoke Colony go? These, and many more mysteries will be explored in
this new section of Legends'
Mysteries in American History.
Aliens and UFO's
Aliens in Dulce,
New Mexico - Dulce Base
is an alleged secret alien underground facility under Archuleta Mesa
Colorado-New Mexico border. Claims of alien activity there
first arose in 1979.
Levelland, Texas UFO Sightings - Occurring on November 2–3, 1957 in and
around the small town of Levelland, Texas, this case is considered by
ufologists to be one of the most impressive in UFO history, because of the
large number of witnesses involved over a relatively short period of time.
The Roswell Incident
- The hot summer of 1947 brought something new
other than it historic contingent of Indians, Spaniards, longhorn cattle,
and cowboys. That was the summer that
the Roswell skies, as well as the heavens all over America were filled
with unidentified flying objects – UFO’s!
UFO in Aztec, New Mexico - in 1948. This
crash allegedly Taking place not long after the famous Roswell crash
of 1947, another UFO was said to have crashed in Hart Canyon northeast
of Aztec, Mexico in March, 1948.
Creatures & Monsters
Altamaha-ha - Serpent of the Altamaha River,
Georgia - Near the mouth of the
Altamaha River in southeastern Georgia is said to reside a hissing sea
monster. Called Altamaha-ha, for the river, or "Altie" for short, the
legend predates British-English colonization and is said to have
originated with the Lower Muskogee Creek Tribe.
The Beast of Bray Road - Labeled as a
werewolf by some witnesses, this creature allegedly seen near Elkhorn,
Wisconsin is described as bear-like,
as a hairy biped resembling Bigfoot, and an intelligent wolf-like
creature which walk on its hind legs.
Boggy Creek Monster - In the area of Fouke,
in Miller County, southeast of Texarkana, there allegedly lives the
Boggy Creek Monster, also referred to as the Fouke Monster, who has
been a legend of the area since the 1840’s.
Cryptozoology and Bigfoot
been sighted throughout the United States, from the 16th Century to
present. The first reported sightings were by
Bear Lake Sea Monster, Utah -
In addition to its wonderful sporting opportunities for boaters,
skiers, and fisherman, Bear Lake, Utah is allegedly called home to a sea monster.
Devil's Hole Cave, Arkansas - A strange
and mysterious creature is said to reside within the depths of this
seemingly bottomless cave.
El Chupacabra or the Goat Sucker - This is
a heavy creature, the size of a small bear, with a row of spines
reaching from the neck to the base of the tail and it takes its name
from the fact that it is supposed to attack animals and drink their
blood – especially goats.
in Wyoming - Myth or Reality? - The jackalope is said to be an
antlered species of rabbit, sometimes rumored to be extinct. One of
the rarest animals in the world, it is a cross between a now extinct
pygmy-deer and a species of killer-rabbit.
The Jersey Devil - One of America's oldest
mysteries, this legendary creature, described as a flying biped with
hooves, is said to lurk in the Pine Barrens of Southern New Jersey.
Minnesota Iceman - In the 1960's, a male,
human-like creature was exhibited across America. Described as 6 foot
tall, hairy, with large hands and feet, he was promoted as a
Neanderthal, Bigfoot or Yeti.
and Sea Serpents - The remarkable sea
been reported at so many points, and by so many witnesses not addicted to
fish tales nor liquor, that there ought to be some reason for him.
Momo the Monster - Local legend in
Missouri says that a strange creature, similar to Bigfoot has been
sighted in the Show-Me State.
The Moth Man - This legendary creature,
described as a man-sized bird, was reportedly seen in the Point
Pleasant area of West Virginia in the mid 1960's.
Murphrysboro Mud Monster - Prowling
Southern Illinois in the 1970's was a huge, wet, hairy, mud-slathered
Mystery of the Thunderbird Photo - A
mysterious creature that was said to have been captured near the town
of Tombstone, Arizona in 1890.
Phantom Dragoon of the Delaware River
- On his first tour of duty the sentry was thrown into great alarm by the
appearance of a figure robed from head to foot in white, that rode a horse
at a charging gait. A short tale from Charles M. Skinner, 1896.
White River Monster -
"Whitey” as the locals call him, has been sighted frolicking in the White
River, outside Newport, Arkansas for more than a century and a half.
Thunderbirds of Illinois - Tales of
strange, monster birds with enormous wingspans that are large enough
to carry away human victims.
Wendigos of the Northeast - This "monster" is a half-beast creature
appearing in the legends of the Algonquian peoples along the Atlantic
Coast and Great Lakes Region of both the United States and Canada. The
creature or spirit could either possess characteristics of a human or
a monster that had physically transformed from a person. It is
particularly associated with cannibalism.
Disappearances & Mysterious Deaths:
Alcatraz Escape - The June 1962
escape may have been the only successful escape from Alcatraz Federal
Penitentiary in that facility's history. On the night of June 11 or
early morning of June 12, inmates
Clarence Anglin, John Anglin and
tucked papier-mâché heads resembling their own likenesses into their
beds, broke out of the main prison building via an unused utility
corridor, and departed Alcatraz Island aboard an improvised inflatable
raft to an uncertain fate.
D.B. Cooper - Disappearing Into the
Wilderness - D.B. Cooper is an unidentified man who hijacked a Boeing
727 aircraft between Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington, on November
24, 1971, extorted $200,000 in ransom and parachuted to an uncertain fate.
Amelia Earhart's Fateful Flight - There
is almost no physical evidence to reveal what happened to Ameila
Earhart or her plane.
Mysterious Death of Meriwether Lewis - Captain
Meriwether Lewis of the Lewis and Clark Expedition was only 35 when he
died of gunshot wounds sustained along a perilous Tennessee trail
called Natchez Trace. Two hundred years later, debate continues over
whether the famous explorer committed suicide or was murdered.
The Disappearance of Joseph Force Crater -
An allegedly corrupt New York State Supreme Court judge, Crater
vanished soon after then Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt named him to
the bench. After hailing a cab he was never seen again.
Albert Jennings Fountain - Missing
in the Desert - Soldier, lawyer, and politician, the mystery
surrounding Albert Jennings Fountain’s disappearance in the deserts of
New Mexico has puzzled lawmen and historians for more than a
century. Also See:
The Fountain Murders: Sites Today
Disappeared Into Thin Air - In 1854,
Selma, Alabama farmer Orion Williams simply vanished while walking
across his property.
The Last Mystery of Edgar Allan Poe - The
death of Edgar Allan Poe on October 7, 1849, has remained mysterious
with the circumstances leading up to it uncertain and the cause of
death is disputed.
Mary Pinchot Meyer - Assassinated By CIA?
- A socialite, painter, former wife of Central Intelligence Agency
official Cord Meyer and by some accounts, the mistress of John F.
Kennedy, Meyer was shot execution style in broad daylight.
The Riddle of Ambrose Bierce - An
editorialist, journalist, and short story writer, Bierce traveled to
Mexico in 1913 to gain first-hand experience of the Mexican Revolution.
While traveling with rebel troops, he disappeared without a trace.
Was John Dillinger Really Killed By the
FBI? - Though officially shot by the
FBI, John Dillinger who was
Public Enemy No. 1 at the time, may have actually not been the man
blasted down on July 22, 1834 outside Chicago's Biograph Theatre.
Who Killed Pat Garrett? Controversy
still exists over whether Garrett's murder was a conspiracy in order
to gain his land or if it was just simply the dispute with an irate
Objects and Places:
Area 51 - What are the mysteries
associated with the famous "secret" military base which covers over 80
miles north of Las Vegas,
The Curse of Dudleytown, Connecticut
- Sometimes referred to as the Village of
the Damned, Dudley is said to hold the accounts of ghostly tales,
demons, unexplained events, and curses within its 400 years of British
The Devil's Graveyard or the Alaska
Triangle - Amid the untouched beauty of Alaska's varying landscape,
there is a region where people seem to go missing at an eerily high
rate. Planes go down, hikers go missing and Alaskan residents and
tourists seem to vanish into the largely untouched backdrop.
Promenade & the Hornet Spook Light - Bobbing and bouncing along in
the Tri-State area of southwest Missouri, southeast Kansas, and
northeast Oklahoma is an orange ball of light. Referred to as the
Hornet Spook Light and the Joplin Spook Light, the firelike orb,
described as varying from the size of a baseball to a basketball,
dances and spins down the center of the road at high speeds, rising
and hovering above the treetops, before it retreats and disappears.
The Dighton Rock - A 40-ton boulder,
originally located in the riverbed of the Taunton River at Berkley,
Massachusetts, is noted for its petroglyphs and carved designs of
ancient and uncertain origin.
The Grave Creek Stone – Scholars and
archaeologists have been arguing about the authenticity of the Grave
Creek Stone since it first surfaced in 1838. Discovered during the
excavation of the Grave Creek Mound, in West Virginia, the small
sandstone disk could provide evidence of a primitive alphabet.
Great Serpent Mound of Ohio -
internationally known National Historic Landmark,
Serpent Mound is a
1,348-foot-long, three-foot-high prehistoric effigy mound on a
plateau along Brush Creek in Adams County, Ohio.
Representing a snake with curled tail, it is the
largest serpent effigy in the world.
City of Death Valley - Mummies -- Giants -- Underground
Caverns! So said a San Diego, California newspaper in describing
an event in
Death Valley in 1947. This story and
more telling of a lost race beneath the sands of Death Valley.
Legends of Fort Mountain, Georgia
- Legends say that the wall on Fort Mountain, Georgia was built either
by the Moon-eyed people according to Cherokee lore or to a Welsh prince who was
said to have made his way to America in 1170.
Mel’s Hole - This nine-foot-wide
bottomless hole near Manastash Ridge in
Washington State is rumored to
“reanimate” dead animals.
Mount Shasta - A Cosmic Power Spot - Near
California, Mount Shasta is filled with mysteries including
UFO sightings, crystal caves, spontaneous altered states, underground
military bases, and even rumored to be the home to Lemurians,
surviving members of a sensitive super-race some believe existed
12,000 years ago during the time of Atlantis.
The Moving Stones of Death Valley - In
what is called the Racetrack Playa, in Death Valley, large rocks move
along the smooth valley floor without human or animal intervention.
Nevada Triangle - In a mysterious area of
California, thousands of planes have disappeared.
Conspiracy theorists have long claimed the these disappearances may be
connected to Area 51.
San Francisco's East Bay Walls - Who built
these ancient walls, ranging along the hills east of San Francisco
Bay? With boulders weighing more than a ton, there is no explanation
who, how, or why these walls were built.
Skinwalker Ranch - This 480-acre compound
in northeastern Utah is the site of many unexplained—and
harrowing—incidents including roaring underground noises, the
appearance of menacing blue orbs, attacks by shape-shifting beasts,
and evidence of animal mutilations.
The Taos Hum - Nestled deep within the Sangre de Cristo mountain range is Taos,
New Mexico. A highly
cultural, artistic, and spiritual city, it has a number of mystical
qualities, one of which is known as the "Taos Hum."
Mysterious and Unexplained People & Events:
Dahlgren Affair - An incident in the
Civil War, which involved a failed Union raid on the Confederate capital of
Richmond, Virginia on March 2, 1864. According to mysterious papers
found on the body of the raid's commanding officer, Colonel Ulric
Dahlgren, one of their mission objectives was to assassinate
Confederate President Jefferson Davis and his cabinet.
Did the Romans explore America? - Evidence
of contacts with the civilizations of Classical Antiquity, including
the Roman Empire, have been found across the Americas, including
coins, pottery, inscriptions and more.
Flight 19 Mystery - On December 5, 1945,
five U.S. bombers took off from a U.S. Naval Air Base in Fort
Lauderdale, Florida and subsequently disappeared. Neither the 14 men
of Flight 19 nor the 13-man crew of a PBM Mariner sent out to search
for them were ever to return.
The Knights of the Golden
Circle - A secretive organization created in 1854, proposed to
establish a slaveholding empire encompassing the southern United
States, the West Indies, Mexico, and parts of Central America.
Livestock Mutilations - Reports of
mutilated cattle first surfaced in the United States in the early
1960's. Killed under mysterious circumstances, sheep and horses have
also been victims.
People & the Pedro Mountain Mummy - Oral traditions of many Native
American tribes, including the Arapaho, Sioux, Cheyenne, and Crow,
tell of "little people” who stand from just 20 inches to three feet
Spontaneous Human Combustion - Reported
for some 300 years, there have been some 200 reported cases worldwide
of of people who have burned without an apparent external source of
TWA Flight 800 Tragedy - On July 17, 1996
TWA Flight 800 exploded and crashed into the Atlantic Ocean near East
Moriches, New York, 12 minutes after takeoff from John F. Kennedy
International Airport, killing all 230 people on board. Evidence
recovered led credibility to the claim that explosives brought down
TWA Flight 800. It still remains a mystery.
The Axeman of New Orleans - A serial killer who killed at least 11
people in New Orleans, Louisiana and surrounding communities in
1918-1919, he was never caught.
D.B. Cooper - This unidentified
man hijacked a Boeing 727 aircraft between Portland, Oregon, and
Seattle, Washington, on November 24, 1971, extorted $200,000 in ransom
and parachuted to an uncertain fate. Despite an extensive manhunt and
protracted FBI investigation, the perpetrator has never been located
Gypsy Hill Killings - A group of five unsolved homicides of young
women and girls in San Mateo County, California, during early 1976.
The killer became known in the media as "the San Mateo slasher."
Mad Gasser of Mattoon - The person
believed to be responsible for a series of apparent gas attacks that
occurred in Botetourt County, Virginia, during the early 1930s, and in
Mattoon, Illinois, during the mid-1940s.
Servant Girl Annihilator - In 1884 and
1885, an unknown serial killer preyed upon the city of Austin, Texas.
The murderer killed seven women and one man, and seriously injured six
more women and two men, attacking them in their beds at night. He was
Texas Killing Fields - Described as a perfect place for killing
somebody and getting away with it, the Texas Killing Fields is an area
bordering the Calder Oil Field, a 25-acre patch of land situated a
mile from the stretch of Interstate 45 in southeast Texas.
The Zodiac Killer - One of the great
unsolved serial killer mysteries of all time, taking only second place
to Jack the Ripper. Even though police investigated over 2,500
potential suspects, the case was never officially solved.
Colonies and Civilizations:
Lost Clovis Culture - The Clovis were a prehistoric Paleo-Indian
people that were thought to have been the first human inhabitants of
North America, dating back some 13,500 years.
Mysterious Mound Builders - These indigenuos people of the United States built mounds in a large area
from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico and from the Mississippi
River to the Appalachian Mountains.
The Vanished Anasazi - In about 700 BC the
Anasazi Indians (Ancient
Puebloans) established numerous large
settlements in the Southwest. However, by the time European explorers
arrived, the people were gone.
What happened to the Roanoke Island Colony
of North Carolina? Roanoke Island was the site of the 16th-century
Roanoke Colony. Three years later, every man, woman and child was
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