Thursday, December 22, 2022

HGB Ep. 466 - Legendary Roads

Moment in Oddity - Sultan Kosen

Some of you may recall us talking about Robert Waldlow, also known as the Alton Giant or the Giant of Illinois. He still holds the record for tallest man at 8ft 11in to this day. However, there is a current day giant by the name of Sultan Kosen (Sul-TAHN KOH-sen), who is a farmer and hails from Turkey. Sultan recently celebrated his 40th birthday at 'Ripley's Believe it or Not' in Orlando, just down the road from us. Sultan stands 8ft 3in tall. In 2010, he underwent a procedure at the University of Virginia medical school for a tumor on his pituitary gland. Sultan was also put on medication to control his excessive growth hormones. This protocol effectively halted Sultan's continual growth. If he had not had access to modern medicine there is no telling just how tall this man may have grown to be. To date there have only been ten reliable cases in history documenting a person reaching 8 feet tall or more. Sultan stated, "After that day,(describing the day he was announced as the world's tallest living man), I was born. Before that, I was a very silent person. Now, I can talk. I'm happy. I'm funny. I enjoy my life." To date, Kosen has visit 127 countries and it's heart-warming to hear how his newly found fame has enriched his life. But one must concede, that being able to palm and dunk a basketball into a regulation height basket, without even standing on ones tippy toes, certainly is odd. 

This Month in History - Gone With the Wind premiere

In December, on the 15th, in 1939, Gone With the Wind premiered in Atlanta at Loew's Grand Theater. This star-studded event was a notable occasion in Atlanta, Georgia's history. The gala hosted Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable, amongst many rich and famous. It is estimated that around 300 thousand Atlantans and visitors lined up for seven miles to view the limos transporting the stars to the theater. It has been said that after the Hollywood press preview, Producer Selznick was quoted saying of the movie, "At noon I think it's divine, at midnight I think it's lousy. Sometimes I think it's the greatest picture ever made. But if it's only a great picture, I'll still be satisfied." One thing is for certain, despite that May-December romance between Scarlett, at a mere 16 years of age to Rhett's 30 something, the movie is iconic. We are positive that there are very few people of a certain age that don't know that oh-so-famous line. "Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn." 

Legendary Roads

We all know that certain road. The one that everyone claims no one should drive along at night. There are rumors of haunted houses, witches, zombies, cannibals and cryptids along these roads. And it seems that every state has one or more of them. Most of these lanes are cloaked in darkness and twist and turn dangerously. Many aren't paved. Roads just seem to attract spirits. Is it because of the accidents or the locations dotting the road side? It's most likely a combination of the two. On this episode, we are going to feature some legendary roads.

Clinton Road 

Clinton Road is located in West Milford, New Jersey and runs for ten miles. The road was named for a settlement that had once been here. This road once had an entire issue of Weird NJ dedicated to it if that tells us anything. The area along the road is mainly undeveloped with few houses and mostly publicly owned woods. Parts of it had been unpaved for years and it receives little maintenance. This makes it the perfect spot for legends and it has many of them. There is a reservoir that is fed by a brook and a bridge goes over this brook. It is said that if you throw a coin into the reservoir from this bridge or if you put a quarter in the middle of the road where the yellow line is at this bridge, the coin will come back to it. And its brought back by the spirit of a boy who is said to have drowned in the reservoir. But be careful not to look over the bridge because the ghost boy might push you in thinking he is saving you from being run over by a car. Many of these roads claim to have Satanic activity occurring along them and Clinton Road is no different. One of the places they like to gather is at Cross Castle. This was built in 1905 by Richard J. Cross, but no longer stands as it was burned down in 1919. There had been a few stone walls still intact, but they were torn down in 1988, so only the foundation remains. People claim to see strange lights along the road that have even followed cars. This is sometimes blamed on phantom vehicles like a truck or a Camaro that follow the cars. There have also been reports of UFO activity. Something that isn't a legend is that on May 14, 1983, the body of Daniel Deppner was found by a cyclist using the road. Daniel had been wrapped inside a green garbage bag. His murderer was Richard Kuklinski who was eventually charged and convicted of his murder.

The Dead Zone 

The Dead Zone is a part of a major interstate in Central Florida. Interstate 4 snakes from West to East across Florida and is used by millions of tourists every year. A small section of road is a bridge over the large St. John's River. It is this bridge and a portion of the area at the end of the bridge that has been dubbed "The Dead Zone." The Dead Zone is said to be haunted by four souls who received an improper burial and were unceremoniously built over when the interstate was installed. Could it be their vengeance that has caused this stretch of road to not only be haunted, but to be a dangerous place to drive?

Sanford, Florida was established in 1877. The original people to settle here were the Mayaca Tribe. European settlement nearly decimated the tribe and they left. These earlier settlers brought with them indentured servants from Sweden and it would be these immigrants who would do most of the hard labor to grow the vast orange groves that Florida would become famous for in the future. The colony that was built near the future I-4 was fairly small. The settlers called it Saint Joseph’s Colony, and it was a religious settlement led by Father Felix Prosper Swembergh. Ten years after it was established a large fire destroyed most of the settlement. Life got even worse for those who decided to stay and rebuild. An historic freeze wiped out the orange industry that year and Yellow fever swept through the few families still at the colony. The site was abandoned, leaving behind a farmhouse and the graves of those hit by the Yellow Fever epidemic. Father Swembergh had been sent to Tampa before the disease killed the last of the colonists. He himself contracted the dreaded disease and died while in Tampa. This left no one to give last rites and a proper burial to the last few colonists who died of the fever. This included four people who were considered to have no absolution when buried.

Several years later, a farmer named Al Hawkins bought a large portion of the former colony's land and he began clearing it for farming. As he did that he came upon the headstones of the small family graveyard. There were four small wooden grave markers that were nearly rotted away. He felt that the right thing to do would be to build a little fence around the graves and leave that plot of land alone. He called it "The Field of the Dead” and it was left alone until Al died in 1939. His widow still owned the land when the state decided that it needed to build an interstate to service all the tourists coming to town. In the 1950s, she sold the land and surveyors came out to start marking off the area for the interstate. They found the graves sitting right in the middle of where they planned to put the super highway. Obviously, when money is to be made, four old graves don't amount to much and it was decided to remove the headstones and build over the graves. And as you can probably already guess, they didn't bother moving the bodies. One of the engineer even remarked,“It’s not an ancient Indian burial ground, they’re just a few old bones." We all know that disrespecting bones is usually not a good thing.

Construction began and the graves were plowed over, leading to the legend about a curse that seems to be connected to I-4 and has lead to it being nicknamed "The Dead Zone." Hurricane Donna would be one of the most deadly hurricanes to hit Florida and it crossed right over the middle of the state on the day construction began. Many people were killed and millions of dollars in damage to property occurred. The interstate construction zone was completely flooded and it would be months before the building could continue. The interstate was finally finished and has become a popular way for people to travel across the state. The section that runs over the St. Johns River though is considered to be one of the most haunted sections of highway in America. At the end of the bridge is reputedly where the four graves where buried over. There are rumors and legends of people seeing ghostly apparitions wearing pioneer era clothing standing on the edge of the highway. One trucker reported, "He was wearing odd clothes, kind of tattered and certainly out of style - he wore a round hat with a wide brim, like the actor in Little House on the Prairie. But the thing I remember most was his color...He looked as if a bluish light was being shined on him, and when I passed him, I looked back, and would you believe it? He was gone!" The trucker described the apparitions eyes as being empty sockets.

Many drivers report pulling over for sickly looking hitchhikers who just disappear. Drivers also have claimed to have weird electrical disturbances. Ghostly voices have been heard coming over the radio and these sometimes are even heard through CBs and cell phones. People claim to hear voices crackling over the static of the radios and the voices call out “Who’s there?” or “Why?” At other times, the eerie echo of girls giggling comes across the radio. There is much disruption of cell signals and radio waves in the Dead Zone as well. Some might claim that these disruptions could be because of cell towers, but there are no cell phone antennas or even radio antennas in the area. This is a swampy marshy area along a very large river and not a good place for such things to be located.

Add to the weird ghostly experiences, the rumors about the curse. There is an unusually high number of traffic accidents on this section of road. We've been across it many times without incident, but we can attest to the fact that this is a straight and wide bridge and so accidents should not be common. In other words, this is not a particularly dangerous patch of road when it comes to the engineering. Between 1995 and 1997, there were 44 crashes that injured 65 people on this stretch of I-4. Add those numbers together, and you get 109 — the exact age of the graves in the year 1996. Coincidence? We don't believe in those around here. But most troubling is the fact that since 1963, 2,000 accidents have happened on this section of road.

Annie's Road

Annie's Road is officially known as Riverview Drive and located in Totowa, New Jersey. This road runs 20 miles along the Totowa side of the Passaic River and can be a dangerous road with tight turns and a steep hillside on one side of the road and the Passaic on the other. The road is remote and heavily wooded. Obviously, it gets its nickname from a woman. Annie appears as a Woman in White and her story is that she and her boyfriend were driving home after a party in the 1960s when they got in a fight. Annie's boyfriend kicked her out of the car on Riverview Drive and she got lost. Then she was struck by a large pickup truck, her dress was tangled up in the truck and she was dragged for awhile on her face and then died. Another version that is closer to the truth is that Annie was walking home from prom along the road and was hit by a vehicle. Every year after that, people started seeing what looked like red paint on the road. Annie is said to be a ghost that tries to distract drivers so they crash their cars. And there have been severe auto accidents here.  People also claim to see orbs, strange fog and they claim to hear disembodied screams. Electrical things experience failure on the road too. 

Moody's Road

Moody's Road is home to Moody's Light and runs between the towns of Rensselar and Francesville in Indiana. Moody was a farmer who came home one day to find his wife and two daughters murdered. The police were not able to find the murderer. This left Moody depressed and he searched the property every night for the killer by carrying around a lantern. Eventually, Moody ended his life at the end of a rope from a tree near the farm. From that time, people have claimed to see a mysterious floating light on the property, especially on the road. Another older story claims that two brothers were going down the road in their horse and buggy when one brother fell off and was decapitated by a wheel. The brother used a lantern to search for the head and it is still seen today, especially when the corn fields are cleared.

This story was shared on the angelfire webwite, "We visited Moody Road on April 11, 2003. It was 50 degrees outside with clear skies and quite breezy. We really had know idea what this light was going to look like. We had never seen a picture of it and the stories that we had heard is that it chases you and it moves from side to side. So we started off at the intersection of Meridian and Division facing South. We flashed our lights three times and drove the 1.5 miles down to the end of Meridian. We turned around and found this tree stump (it was hard to find, especially at night, it's right past the tree that is still there on the same side). We parked at the tree stump and flashed our lights three times again. Then we looked North and we saw this orangish light. It looked like a street light. And we thought it could be except it would go away and then come back every so often. The light would go from orange to red and from big to small. It never got any closer or any farther away from where it was at. Thinking ahead and being smart (like always) we brought a pair of binoculars to get a closer view of the light. When we looked though the binoculars we could see three different lights. Then it would be four, then sometimes it would be two or one and then sometimes nothing. When we didn't use the binoculars the three or four lights look like one single light, just brighter. People have said that the light is just lights from the cars going down Highway 49 (since Highway 49 is a about two miles almost directly north of Meridian Road) and some have even said it's swamp gas. We drove down to the end of Meridian so we could get the best look at the light. It still seemed to be pretty far away. Since that was as far as the road went we got the best picture we could of the light. We still have know idea what causes this light. We are pretty sure that it isn't a ghost, but other than that we really have know idea. We might have to go back there and find out the real cause of the light.  

Username Jnormanii wrote on the Ghost Village website, "I've been there a couple of times. That tree that Moody supposedly hung himself from is now a stump that has satanic symbols carved into it. Satanists used to hang animals from that tree so they cut it down to a stump. The first time I went there was like a scary movie. We had trouble finding the place because all of the roads there look the same. All gravel roads with corn fields on each side. We got to this old church that was converted into a home to ask for directions. This old woman answered the door and we asked how to find Moody's Road. In an eerie voice she said "oh, you don't want to go there. That place is evil." Then either her sister or friend came and said "yeah, that place is evil. You don't want to really go there, do you?" So they gave us directions but again warned us. There's this gravel road called Moody Road. You get about a hundred feet or so away from that stump. It is suggested to flash your lights three times but both times I've been there we didn't need to. There's a soft incline about 150 yds ahead. First there was a yellowish light that looked to be coming from an old fashioned lantern. It would get closer slowly. Then we saw another light. A green one that was also coming closer very slowly. The lights came over that little hill in the road. We tried to chase down that light but as the legend says, you can't catch it. At the end of the road is absolutely nothing. There's a dropoff into a field of nothing and there is no source for that light that can be explained. Whether or not the legend is real, the lights definitely are."

Sandhill Road

There is a stretch of Sandhill Road between Olive Avenue and Charleston Boulevard in Las Vegas that is said to be the most haunted road in Nevada. There are underground tunnels here under Highway 85 and claims that a dead couple haunt the tunnels, whispering and moaning throughout. They were said to have died in an accident at the tunnels. The apparition of an old woman chases cars down an adjacent dirt road. People who visit the location feel nauseous.

Ortega Ridge Road

Ortega Ridge Road is located on the Central Coast of California between the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean and is home to Las Tres Hermanas. These three women, specifically nuns, go back to California's Gold Rush. Legend claims they were killed by highway bandits on the road. Drivers who have seen the nuns describe them as wearing nun clothing with their hands folded in prayer and their eyes have a bluish glow, which counters their pale white faces. They walk along the street.

Zombie Road

Zombie Road is located in the city of Wildwood near St. Louis, Missouri and is known technically as Lawler Ford Road. This is actually a series of trails now and impassible by cars. Many years ago it had been paved, but eventually just became dirt and gravel. This road was laid to give access to the Meramec River and railroad tracks that ran along the river. The Glencoe Marble Company worked the limestone deposits in the area, meaning this place is surrounded in limestone. This road has always been considered a spooky place and has always been dark because of the dense woods. The nickname for the road came from a killer named the Zombie who was said to live in an old shack by the river. Legend claims he would attack young lovers who made their way down the road as it became the local Lover's Lane. Another story claims a man was killed by a train in the 1970s. People claim to see his apparition covered in blood. There is no record of this, but a woman named Della Hamilton stepped out in front of a train and was killed in 1876. Reports of a forlorn female spirit may be her. People are said to disappear in the woods. The wet spirit of a little boy is sometimes seen near the road and stories claim that he died when he fell from a bluff and drowned in the river. Native American spirits are seen and of course, we have our escaped mental patients here too, and we're sure one of them has a hook for a hand. The stories for Zombie Road go on and on, but some people really have had unexplained experiences here.

Allex Matuszek was walking along the Meramec Greenway in 2013 with her aunt when they experienced something she couldn't explain. It was night and the two women heard a sound they would never forget that resembled a high-pitched squeal that a teenage girl would make and then Allex felt a sharp pain on her leg. The two women ran out of the woods and when Allex got home, she discovered scratches on her leg. The strange thing was that she was wearing layers of clothing and none of the clothing was torn. She said, "I don’t know any physical possible way I would have gotten scratched without there being some kind of marking on my half-chap leathers or markings on my pants or socks. No tears, no nothing."

Haynesville Woods 

Haynesville Woods is officially known as Route 2A and is located in Aroostook County in Massachusetts. This is a curvy road that can be treacherous to drive down. For years, semi trucks loaded with potatoes would make their way down the road, but loads of accidents, especially in winter, have made other roads look much more appealing. This one has been dubbed a death trap. A song has even been written about it by country singer Dick Curless called "A Tombstone Every Mile." There are a couple of ghosts seen here. One is a little girl spirit who is said to belong to a ten-year-old who lost her life when she was walking along the road in the 1960s and was hit by a semi-truck. There is also the apparition of a screaming woman who people claim is yelling at cars that her husband is trapped in a car. The story goes that she and her husband were in a car accident that killed them both. 

Stagecoach Road

Stagecoach Road in Marshall, Texas is a an old red dirt road that is pretty creepy because it is overgrown with branches that block the light. As the name indicates, this was a road for a stagecoach line that ran from Shreveport to East Texas. People who drive the road at night claim that the apparition of a woman in a long white dress is seen walking across the road. There is also a ghostly stagecoach that makes its way down the road and disappears. And the church near the road that has the historical marker for the road is nicknamed Devil's Church. And there are cryptids like Bigfoot, Goatman and even the Chupacabra. In 2018, a woman named Stephenie Watson wrote on Facebook, "So last night, we took a Jeep-Run down Stage Coach Road Marshall TX to Karnack TX and in no way did I have any idea until this morning what many have said about this road. I only recorded a small bit just for memory purposes, and this footage does not justify, by any means, how dusty it was. This morning we went out to clean the Jeep and we are blown away by the child's handprint on the driver's side. At no point was a child anywhere near our vehicle during the ride to have touched it, especially not during the dusty parts of the drive. (We washed and dried our Jeep before the ride!) I am now doing my research and I am finding that not only has this happened to others, but many claim to have witnessed more than just handprints."

Prospector's Road

Just off of Highway 49 there is a road called Marshall Road and Prospector Road comes off of that road and runs for about three miles from Coloma to Garden Valley. Prospector's Road got its start during the Gold Rush in the 1800s and several miners lost their lives along it. One story claims that a drunk miner bragged about his claim in a saloon one night and he was later ambushed that night by a couple of other miners who heard the boast. They murdered him to get his claim. This miners ghost is said to haunt the road and has been seen by both drivers and hikers. Witnesses describe him as being tall with a scraggly beard and torn clothing suitable for a miner. He hovers above the ground and is semi-transparent, which is how people know this is a ghost. The spirit sometimes says, "Get off my claim." The apparition has caused a couple of accidents on the road and local homeowners even claim that he enters their homes on occasion. He likes to spook pets, leave the front door wide open and move objects around.

Jack Cole Road (Suggested by Emilee Duke)

Jack Cole Road is located in Hayden, Alabama. This is said to be incredibly haunted and that's not surprising since there are at least sixty-eight recorded deaths connected to the road. And there are many legends as well with many people claiming that the road is cursed. The road is unpaved and surrounded by woods, but once had a hospital located near the half-mile stretch of road. A cholera outbreak left sixty people at this hospital dead. At least that is what is claimed by locals, but their is no indication that a hospital was ever here. There was a log cabin here and some hunters once found the mummified body of a female inside. Rumors started that she was a witch and that is why the road was cursed. Ghost lights have been seen on the road and people claim to see them dart among the trees. A cryptid described as looking like Bigfoot or a half-man, half-wolf has been seen. One of the other deaths was said to be a local fruit grower who was hit in the head with an ax and left at the end of the road in the 1960s. His killer was never caught. Some other events are fairly current. 

In 2003, a famous civil rights photographer who lived along the road claimed that he saw strange things in his house and he was later found dead in his home. No details can be found like who the photographer was or what he died from. And in 2015, a 52-year-old woman named Lisa Weaver who lived along the road, went missing. Her home burned to the ground and people thought she had burned up in the fire, but after firefighters went through it, Weaver was nowhere to be found. The remains of her three dogs were found in the debris. Even stranger was that Weaver was disabled and would have been unable to just runaway. On top of that, her son had texted her right before the fire started letting her know he was on his way home and she had texted him back. There was no indication that she was leaving the house. The cause of the fire remains unknown and Weaver is still missing. Don't bother trying to check out this cursed road as a sinkhole opened up on it, making it impassable.

U.S. Route 44 

A stretch of U.S. Route 44 through Rehoboth, Massachusetts is home to a hitchhiking ghost. This spirit is said to be six-feet tall with red hair and a beard and he is wearing a flannel jacket. Sometimes he appears just along the road and other times he pops up inside of cars. His most terrifying appearance is when he just shows up in the middle of the road in front of a car leaving the driver thinking that they have run him over. One driver said that he was doing about 40 mph when all of a sudden the face of the redheaded man was pressed against his windshield and then just vanished. Sometimes people just hear his disembodied laughter. Nobody knows his story. Drivers also claim to have technical difficulties in their cars when going through this patch of road with radios just picking up static or cell phones losing power. Strange mutated animals are said to have been seen along the road as well. 

Owaissa Street

Owaissa Street is in Appleton, Wisconsin and runs along Riverside Cemetery. The most seen ghostly activity reported here claims that the ghosts of past mourners dressed in old-fashioned clothing are seen on the road. Legends claim that people see the spirit of Kate Blood here and that she had been a witch, but there is nothing that backs up that claim.

Archer Avenue

Probably one of the most famous haunted roads is Archer Avenue, which is located near Chicago, Illinois. This is a road that Diane has actually been on as she searched for Resurrection Mary. The road runs seven miles between a church and Resurrection Cemetery, which is reputedly the final resting spot for Resurrection Mary. Diane got to see and photograph the Willowbrook Ballroom before it burned down in 2016. The site has been set aside for condminiums, but those have never been built and so there is only an empty parking lot here now. This glorious dance hall started off as an open-air pavilion that opened in 1921 as the Oh Henry Ballroom - and yes, it was named for the candy who bought the rights. It was destroyed by fire in 1930. The ballroom was rebuilt as an enclosed facility and became even more popular, hosting the likes of Ozzie and Harriet Nelson, Count Basie, Frank Sinatra, Doris Day, Guy Lombardo, Jimmy Dorsey, and the Glenn Miller Orchestra. This was the last place that Resurrection Mary was seen alive. She had gone to a dance at the ballroom with a young man, but the couple quarreled and Mary ended up walking home. She was killed in a hit-and-run. Now drivers on Archer Road claim to see a young woman walking along the road in a dress from the 1930s. Some people offer her a ride, but she usually disappears shortly after getting into the car. 

But that's not the only haunting going on along this road. There are claims of phantom monks along the road. They are thought to be connected to the St. James at Sag Bridge Church, which is located at 10600 Archer Avenue. The site was originally a French fort because it sat on a hill with the church being founded in 1833. Drivers claim to see figures roaming the field near the church and chanting in Latin while carrying candles. The church never had any monks, so we're not sure where this story comes from. But there is another haunting tale connected to the church. This story dates back to September 30, 1897 and was reported in the Chicago Tribune. The tale features two musicians, Professor William Looney and John Kelly, whom had performed at a former dance hall along the road and they decided to overnight at the hall. They were awakened in the middle of the night by the sounds of a horse and carriage on the dirt road outside. The Professor looked out a window and saw the carriage come up the road to the entrance way where it stopped and then turned around. He then saw a girl in a white robe appear out of nowhere and she got into the coach with the driver. The coach pulled away and then disappeared. People believed this was the spirit of a girl who was a housekeeper at the rectory and she had fallen in love with an assistant to the priest in the early 1880's. The couple decided to elope and he came along with a wagon and horses to pick her up. She called out to him and spooked the horses who bolted as she was trying to board. The wagon overturned and killed the couple. They were buried together in the church's cemetery.

Boy Scout Lane & Bloody Bride Bridge

A bridge along Highway 66 in Stevens Point, Wisconsin is known as Bloody Bride's Bridge. Local legend claims that a bride was killed in an accident here and that her apparition now haunts the road. Just off the highway is Boy Scout Lane where allegedly a troop of Boy Scouts disappeared. There doesn't seem to be any truth to the story, but that doesn't stop people from telling that story or any of a number of other versions. There's the one that claims the Scoutmaster killed the whole troop. Or the one that says the bus driver did the deed. And then there's the dropped lantern that caused a fire that killed the troop. But again, there's no proof. The land was once owned by the Boy Scouts of America and they had plans to build a camp, which is why the road got the name, but the camp was never built. People claim to hear the disembodied laughter of children in the woods and to get an overwhelming feeling of being watched. Disembodied footsteps are heard and the unnerving snapping of branches.

Shades of Death Road

Shades of Death Road is a two-lane rural road located in Warren County in New Jersey. This road is seven miles long and is always dark because of all the low hanging branches. And those branches may be why this road is haunted. They were used for lynchings. Because of all the deaths along the road, it went from being called Shade Road to Shades of Death. The area was also the scene of an epidemic of malaria in the 1850s that killed many people. The road is plagued by tons of tales. There is Ghost Lake along the road where people have had sightings of mysterious, moving bodies near this lake. A small cave near the lake is called The Fairy Hole. Shards of Lenape pottery have been found in it leading archaeologists to believe that the cave was used for overnight stays while traveling and that possibly a burial or two may have happened here. The spirits of Native Americans have been seen near the lake. Cat Swamp is said to be home to a pack of vicious cats. Lenape Lane runs eastward off of Shades of Death and apparitions are seen along this road that is always enveloped in a weird fog. An orb of white light appears at the end of the road and has been known to chase cards out of the lane and back to Shades of Death Road. And a strange story from Weird NJ claims that in the 1990s hundreds of Polaroid photographs were found scattered in the woods near the road. The pictures featured the blurred image of a woman looking in distress. The local police began an investigation that never found anything and the pictures mysteriously disappeared.

Kelly Road

Kelly Road stretches for two miles in Ohioville, Pennsylvania and is also know as "Mystery Mile." Legend claims that Native Americans cursed the road after the land was taken from them. The road curves through dense forest patches and is said to have a bad aura. Strange sounds are heard, mysterious figures are seen and docile animals are said to become vicious when on the road. An its not just animals. People suddenly lose their temper on the road.There are rumors of cult rituals in the woods near the road too.

Jeremy Swamp Road

Jeremy Swamp Road is in Southbury, Connecticut and is responsible for causing many cars to stall. When drivers get out to check under the hood, the weirdness really gets started. There are stories of people simply disappearing. Tow truck drivers arrive on scene and can't find the drivers. Legends claim that these people have been attacked and carried off by Melon Heads, which are cryptid humanoids that also make appearances in the lore of Ohio and Michigan.

Route 666 

U.S. Route 491 sounds like a pretty tame stretch of road until one hears the nickname, the Devil’s Highway. The highway has that nickname because when it was first established, it was actually Route 666. The route got that number because it was the sixth branch of historic Route 66. It was established in 1926 and ran for nearly 200 miles. The name change came in 2003 when the states of Colorado, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico decided they wanted to get away from the stigma of having it as the number of the beast in the Bible. That didn't change the reputation of this Highway to Hell. People still claim to see ghosts along the route like faceless hitchhikers and some witnesses have even seen hell hounds who will chase the cars. Hell hounds are supernatural dogs that represent death in some cultures. There are also claims of skinwalkers. There is other strange phenomenon like orbs, UFOs and time loss. There is good reason for this road to be haunted. There have been numerous accidents along it. The ghost of a girl in a white nightgown is seen. A flaming semi has been seen that just disappears. Another female ghost runs out into traffic and disappears once hit. And the stories go on and on.

Road trips are a ton of fun. For some like us, including a haunted road on the route is even more fun. Could some of these legends we shared with you be true? Are any of these roads haunted? That is for you to decide!

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