The United States is a huge country and sometimes it can be really creepy. We gathered fifty stories, one for each state, that proves that. Urban legends had been haunting and scaring people since the beginning of time, and there's some that were even documented and studied. Some of them has even been a place of pilgrimage of people from all over the world that wanted to be a witness and experience what other people had experience. Here they are, these are the 50 most disturbing urban legends from the United States, one from each state. Don't read this before going to bed!
HELLS GATE BRIDGE
They say that if you stop your car in the middle of the bridge and look back, you can see the actual entrance to hell. If that's not enough for you, you will also feel that the spirits of a couple that died there sit in the passenger sit. I'll pass.
This Alaskan legend says that there's a specie of little monsters that can turn themselves into the form they want. They imitate the crying of a baby or the scream of a woman to make you get near the river, and once you are there, they simply kill you.
Jackalopes are allegedly half bunnies half antelopes. It is said that you can milk the females and that milk has medical purposes. BUT Jackalopes are not very friendly and they will want to kill you.
If you ever go to Miller County, Arkansas try not to wander around the woods, because they are home of this huge monster, cousin of BigFoot and star of a movie.
THE SPIRITS OF ROOSEVELT HOTEL
Are you a Marilyn Monroe fan? I know she is dead, but you can still see her wandering around the halls of Roosevelt Hotel. A lot of other famous and not so famous artists can be seen haunting the place.
THE STANLEY HOTEL
The Stanley Hotel is a 142 room building located in Estes Park, Colorado. It was the one that inspired Stephen King to write The Shining and it is full of paranormal activity.
LITTLE PEOPLE’S VILLAGE
In the woods of Middlebury, Connecticut, you can find a lot of tiny buildings, the size of doll houses. The story says that an architect was forced by the little people to build the houses and then he committed suicide. The voices are often heard in the woods.
THE GHOST OF JUSTICE CHEW
Justice Samuel Chew was very afflicted because people would make fun of him for his last name by sneezing near him (A-chew!) and now he rises from the dead by night and make people sneeze several times in a row. Really.
FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH
In early 1500's a spanish explorer discovered a spring that he said was the fountain of youth, what he was actually looking for long. It is now a theme park, and you can take a bath with this water that allegedly gives your youth back.
This is probably the most haunted nightclub in the world, and it is located in Atlanta. They say that it is the place vampires choose to party, and a tall strange guy is seen often walking around. Screams can also be heard when the club is quiet.
KAMAPUA’A AND PELE
Kamapua'a is a Hawaiian god that was half man half pig. He fell in love with Pele, the goddess of fire, but then they broke up and divided the island. Pele hates Kamapua'a so much she won't allow pork meat in her side of the island. The legend says that if you drive your car taking pork meat with you (Why? I don't know) Pele will stop your car and won't let you continue till you throw away the meat.
Dire Wolves are extinct since ancient times. But in Rocky Mountains, Idaho, locals have claimed for a long time to see extremely large wolves that kill their pets. And I choose to believe.
MURPHYSBORO MUD MONSTER
Like in every horror movie, a young couple was making out in a car parked near the river and they were interrupted by the sighting of a huge monster covered in mud. The police investigated and found enormous footprints, and for two weeks a lot of people saw the monster near the river.
Bruick Road is a little road that goes to nowhere. Luckily, because when you go through it by night, you get surrounded by strange lights that follow you and change colors and sizes.
If you take a photo with your flash on in the woods of Urbandale, you will see the gruesome face of Uncle Charlie staring at you. A nice excuse to leave your camera at home.
THE GATE TO HELL
In Stull Kansas you can visit the actual hell. You can pay to camp in the cemetery (no, thanks) and go down the cellar of the abandoned church, where they say you can walk right into hell.
THE POPE LICK MONSTER
This monster has been seen living under the Pope Lick's bridge in Kentucky. It's half human half goat, and he lures his victims with hypnosis to get them run over by the train.
The legend says that the attic of a convent in New Orleans hides three hundred coffins that supposedly belong to vampires. A crew of journalists went to investigate them in the seventies, and they appeared the day after decapitated and with their blood drained. The crime is still unsolved.
THE SPECTRE GOOSE
This enormous albino moose has been seen in the woods of Maine. It is immune to bullets and chases hunters around. It has an estimated antler span of ten feet.
The Snallygaster is a monster that lives in the surroundings of Washington DC. A newspaper describes a creature seen by locals with huge metal-like wings, claws and an eye in the center of the forehead.
THE BRIDGEWATER TRIANGLE
The Bridgewater Triangle in Massachusetts has a whole story of inexplicable events, like UFOs, strange lights and creatures, giant snakes and enough stuff to stay the hell away from there.
There is a beach in Michigan that is haunted by a grieving widow. If you grab a handful of sand and press it, you can hear her crying. It only works if you do it there. The name Bete Grise means "Grey Beast", you can imagine what they saw around to named it like that.
The Wendigo is a 15 foot tall monster that can be found in the woods of Minnesota. It is constantly looking for humans to eat, and there's a group of people that actually looks for it.
THE THREE LEGGED LADY
Why does she have three legs? Probably because her lover died and he sewed his leg to her body. If you see her, you can challenge her to a race, but you better win...
THE HERMIT OF CLARKS FORK
An old hermit's ghost haunts everyone in Clarks Fork. He was seen looking into the windows of houses and "playing" with the dogs. He also shoots and sets trees on fire.
FLATHEAD LAKE MONSTER
The Flathead Lake Monster is kind of the brother of Nessie. He is supposedly the same specie as the scottish one, and he has been seen since 1889 to 2016, when the last sighting was recorded.
Sorry Omahans, but Hummel Park is horrible. Not said only by me, it is considered the most haunted park in the United States, and maybe the world. It was an indian cemetery, The strangest story says that a family of cannibal albinos live in the park and haunt the people that walk by.
PYRAMID LAKE WATER BABIES
The souls of deformed or premature babies that the natives threw into the waters of this lake in Nevada. If you dare to cross their paths, you will be dragged into the waters.
WOOD DEVILS OF COOS COUNTY
Coos County Devils are cousins of BigFoot. They look like the famous monster, but they are taller, skinnier and faster. They hunt for people in the woods of Coos County in New Hampshire, and they have been seen since the 19th century.
THE JERSEY DEVIL
This is one of the most famous and oldest urban legends in the United States. Jersey Devil has been seen more than 2,000 times in the last three centuries.
FORREST FENN’S TREASURE
This one is not that scary. In the eighties a millionaire hid a treasure somewhere in New Mexico, and then he went to a TV Show to give some clues. It was never found.
Rent prices in New York are hellish. Maybe that's why the mole people decided to live in the sewers, eating discarded food, rats and even human flesh. A solid reason why not to visit the pipes.
Normie is a huge fish that lives in Lake Norman, big enough to eat a whole person. He has been spotted so many times that it attracts many visitors that only want to find it.
The dinosaurs are extinct everywhere but maybe not in North Dakota, where pterodactyls have been spotted over the Great Plains for centuries, the last time less than ten years ago.
HIGHWAY TO HELL
A place called Helltown is not very friendly. This is actually Ohio's most haunted and paranormal place. It is kind of a real life Silent Hill, with a lot of legends around it, like mutants and strange cults.
The Spooklight is also called Hornet Spooklight or Hollis light, and it appears in a place known as Devil's Promenade. It is a ball of light that appears mysteriously and that can be seen often.
The Shanghai Tunnels were used in the past to traffic people in Portland, Oregon. They connect old bars, brothels and hotels. They are now haunted by the thousand of souls that had found a terrible end in there.
THE BUS TO NOWHERE
There's a bus that wanders through the streets of Philadelphia without any number or destination at sight. They say only people in a big distress can see it, and you can hop on to travel to that place where you are supposed to be. The journey can last a few minutes or years, and you will get off the bus without any memory, but feeling much better.
Did you know that Freddie Krueger was a real guy? He lived in the outsides of Cumberland, Rhode Island, in a small cabin in the woods with his family, until it burned down and his family died and he ended up severely burned. He remained in that burnt house, his fingernails grew very long and he chases campers that make too much noise at night.
If you go to South Carolina you may hear the expression "Don't let the Boo Hag ride ya". Boo Hags are like vampires, but instead of drinking blood, they feed of you breath. Make sure you brushed your teeth and keep a broom near your bed: They say that the Boo Hag will be so busy counting the straws that it won't attack you.
In 1876 Jesse James was on the run and he reached this place. The only way of saving himself was to jump to the other side, that is a 18 feet wide jump. He did it successfully. Now the place is full of strange stories, like the one that says that the river is bottomless.
OLD GREEN EYES
Old Green Eyes was the only soldier that died in the Chickamauga Battle. This must upset him, because he is still haunting the place, where you can be chased by a pair of green eyes.
THE MARFA LIGHTS
In the tiny town of Marfa, Texas, a series of lights appear randomly and oddly, dancing in the distance, splitting themselves and jumping. There are a lot of theories but none of them definitive.
ESCALANTE PETRIFIED FOREST
When you visit Escalante Petrified Forest, a park that has trees that are more than 150 million years old, you may feel tempted to take a souvenir. Don't do it, 'cause they say that the bad luck will chase you. There are cases of people that mailed back the piece of wood they stole.
Black Agnes is a copper statue that "lives" in the Vermont Cemetery. Rumor has it that if you even try to sit on her lap, she will kill you in seven days.
THE WEREWOLF OF HENRICO COUNTY
The City of Henrico should be known as the home of the world's only nice werewolf. Well, nice is a way of putting it. He does like to chase humans, but he doesn't make any harm to them. Good Wolf!
PIKE PLACE MARKET
Pike Place Market is a great place to buy stuff, but it is also considered the most haunted place in Seattle. The most popular ghost is the one of a native american woman that sells baskets but disappears once you get near her.
The mothman is a man that looks like a moth. Or maybe a moth that looks like a man. He is the star of West Virginia's folklore, and has been seen a lot since the sixties.
The Hodag is so popular it even have a statue and is the official symbol of Rhinelander, Wisconsin. It was a (fake, sorry) monster that was shown in a fair and attracted people from all over the country.
THE YELLOWSTONE WHISPERS
It's been documented since the nineteenth century. If you stand near the Yellowstone Lake at certain hour of the day, you will hear a whisper, a song, some say that is like an ethereal piano, but it has no explanation.