TR Robertson — There are mysterious objects, places, and occurrences in every state in the United States. Many of the mysteries have been solved or explained over time, but many are still unsolved and remain a mystery attracting large numbers of people who visit the sites, seeking to experience what many others have said they have seen, felt, or heard. In Part II, we will look at states other than California.
Mysteries in the United States
The Alaska Triangle – Sometimes called Alaska’s Bermuda Triangle or Alaska’s Vortex. Since 1972, over 16,000 people have disappeared in the tens of thousands of remote, mostly unexplored and untouched wildernesses in the interior of Alaska. These are people that have never been located or accounted for. Most have disappeared after wandering in the area. There have been plane crashes with no discovery of the downed aircraft. No explanation exists as to the disappearances.
Benington Triangle of Vermont – centered around Glastonbury Mountain in southwest Vermont. This area is cursed according to Native American lore. The area is also a hotspot for UFO activity, bigfoot sightings, and strange lights and sounds. There have been disappearances of people in the area as well.
Bridgewater Triangle – Massachusetts – Located in southeastern Massachusetts this 200 square mile region has been the site of legends and Native American curses for centuries. It has also been the spot for reports of phenomena like ghosts, UFO’s, Bigfoot, and other strange creatures.
Eternal Flame Falls – Chestnut Ridge Park – This staggered waterfall is in a small grotto where an eternal flame can be seen behind the rocks of the waterfall. It is believed the flame is kept alive by natural methane gas seeping through the cracks in the rock. There are unanswered questions about its true source. It occasionally goes out, but it is usually reignited by visitors to the park.
Marfa Lights – Marfa, Texas – The unusual lights of Marfa have perplexed people for nearly 140 years. When they appear in the sky they appear as bright, colorful orbs that pulsate and sometimes move across the sky. The town celebrates the lights with the Marfa Lights Festival. Theories on the existence of the lights range from the ghosts of Spanish conquistadors to UFOs to car headlight reflections.
Cathedral Rock – Sedona, Arizona – The sandstone butte of Cathedra Rock is known as an electromagnetic site where multiple energies can be found. The entire area of Sedona is known as a vortex capable of energy and healing powers. The area has many meditation and spiritual well-being centers capable of healing powers.
Red Onion Saloon – Skagway, Alaska – Today the Red Onion is a bar and restaurant, but at the end of the 19th century it opened as a brothel for the gold miners who arrived in droves to the town. The ghost of brothel madam Lydia is said to walk the hallways of the inn today. Some say they can smell the scent of her perfume.
Crescent Hotel – Eureka Springs, Arkansas – The 78-room resort hotel was built in 1886. Today it is one of the most haunted hotels in the Ozarks. The hotel now offers 72 rooms and 12 luxury suites. There are numerous apparitions that many say they can see in the hotel hallways, rooms, and dining area. Some say they have seen a Victorian bride and groom, other say they see nurse, others a gentleman in a top hat and the list goes on.
Stanley Hotel – Estes Park, Colorado – Located in the Rocky Mountain National Park, this hotel became the inspiration for Stephen King’s The Shining after he stayed one night in the hotel. Some say they can hear piano music in their rooms and see Mrs. Stanley, the original owner, playing the piano. Others say they hear the echo of children’s laughter in the hallways.
Coral Castle – Homestead, Florida – This unusual massive structure is made from 1,100 tons of megalithic style limestone boulders. Some of the boulders are bigger than the stones used for the Great Pyramid and bigger than stones at Stonehenge. What makes this site mysterious is the fact that the castle was built from 1923 to 1951 by a diminutive Latvian immigrant named Edward Leedskainin, with no assistance from anyone else. He said he built it as a homage to the love of his life, who left him n the eve of their wedding. Leedskainin said he knew the secret to the way the Egyptians moved their massive stones and some visitors said they witnessed him levitating some of the stones. Other features are that he used no mortar and the seams between the stones are extremely precise.
Lake Michigan Monster – Lake Michigan, Cross Village, harbor Springs, Northport – Reports of sightings of a large prehistoric creature have been chronicled since 1817. The creature is said to be 60 ft. long and was referred to as a “sea panther” by Native Americans in the area due to the description of a catlike head and lizard body. The creature is supposed to emerge at dusk. Other creatures are said to reside in Lake Champlain (Champy) and Lake Erie.
Colonial Park Cemetery – Savannah, Georgia – This cemetery dates to 1750. There are 1,000 grave markers on site, but 10,000 people are said to be buried in the cemetery. Paranormal experts say the cemetery is one of the haunted places in the nation. One sighting is that of a 7 ft. tall woman hanging from one of the trees. It is the #1 stop on the cities ghost tour.
Seguin Island Light Station – Maine at the mouth of the Kennebec River – The was Maine’s first offshore station and second oldest lighthouse dating back to 1796. Several ghosts are said to haunt the station. One story says a former lighthouse keeper from the mid-1800’s killed his wife, then himself, because her piano playing drove him mad, and now both haunt the island.
El Santuario de Chimayo – Chimayo, New Mexico – This Roman Catholic Church, north of Santa Fe, is a site of pilgrimages and visited by over 300,000 people each year. There are a series of miracles that are supposed to happen at the site, all in reference to the soil and the appearance of crucifixes. There is also a hot spring nearby that was sacred to the Tews Indians. The “holy dirt” is said to have healing powers and at certain times the road leading to the church is lined with people making a pilgrimage to the church for a chance to be touched by the dirt inside the church.
Part III will conclude at a look at other mysterious and unusual sites and occurrences in the United States. How many of the places mentioned have you been to or how many do you want to venture to in order to experience what many have said they have seen or witnessed? It is a fascinating and unusual world out there.