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There are dozens of unexplained events and mysteries in 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
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 to Roswell, New Mexico, 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.
Victorio Peak Treasure – The Victorio Peak treasure is a cache of gold found inside Victorio Peak in Southern New Mexico. Did the Army take it from its rightful owner?
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.
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.
The Beast of Bray Road – Labeled as a werewolf by some witnesses, this creature was 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, Arkansas 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.
Devil’s Hole Cave, Arkansas – A strange and mysterious creature is said to reside within the depths of this seemingly bottomless cave.
Dwayyo (Dewayo) – The Maryland Wolfman – In the woods of Maryland is said to hide a wolf-like creature known as Dwayyo or Dewayo. According to legend, Dwayyo is the mortal enemy of the Snallygaster, another area cryptid that is described as a flying, blood-sucking reptile that has been sighted in the Maryland Blue Ridge Mountains.
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.
Jackalopes 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.
Monsters and Sea Serpents – The remarkable sea serpent has 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 monstrosity.
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.
Thunderbirds of Illinois – Tales of strange, monster birds with enormous wingspans that are large enough to carry away human victims.
The Snallygaster – Winged Creature of the Northeast – For centuries, a large winged beast known as the Snallygaster is said to have terrified the people of Frederick County, Maryland. The Snallygaster has one widely known enemy, called Dwayyo.
The 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.
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.