Ever wonder about the urban legends in every U.S. State? Every country has its own legends and folklore and the United States is no different. From bizarre birds stealing children to horrible murder houses, the U.S. is full of ghost stories and myths. But what are they and where did they come from? Well, considering the size of U.S., and that each and every state has its own unique culture and history, we’ve decided to pick our favorite urban legend from each state. Like in all good stories and legends, each one has a least a little bit of truth. From outrageous to the historically disturbing, here are 25 Urban Legends from every U.S. State (Part 1).
Alabama - Hell's Gate, Oxford
On Old Boiling Springs Road there is an abandoned bridge where many years ago a young couple died after losing control of their car and plunging into the river below. If you stop on the bridge and turn off all the lights in your car, one of their ghosts will get into your car and leave a wet spot on your seat. Awkward.
Alternatively, if you stop on the bridge and turn around, you are no longer looking at the bridge, but into the gates of hell. The local government has deemed the bridge “unsafe”, but instead of, you know, reasonably tearing it down, they’ve just blocked it with cement barriers. But I guess that does make sense, since the backdoor to hell is probably harder to demolish than one would imagine.
Alaska - Secret UFO Base, Mount Hayes
A man names Jim Schnabel wrote a book in 1997 called “Remote Viewers,” wherein he describes the United States alleged involvement with aliens who had a base in Mount Hayes, Alaska. This book includes a transcription of sighting reports supposedly sent to J. Edgar Hoover when he was the head of the FBI, and clarifies, for those wondering, that the aliens were “very human looking,” differing only in their eyes and several internal organs, and uh…mind control abilities.
Arizona - Slaughterhouse Canyon
Legend goes that if you go to Luana’s Canyon at night you can hear a woman sobbing. That’s because it’s the ghost of a woman who killed her children. Back during the gold rush, a very poor family lived in the canyon. The father walked off to find food and didn’t return. The mother, driven mad by the cries of her hungry children echoing around the canyon, killed them all and then put on her wedding dress to wear as she slowly starved to death. Since then, the place has earned the nickname “Slaughterhouse Canyon.”
Arkansas - Avon Cemetery, DeQueen
Legend has it that once, a long time ago, before there was a graveyard, a woman sat her baby on the edge of the well while she was getting water. The baby fell in and drowned. The graveyard grew around the well, and nowadays if you sneak into the cemetery, at night you might see a woman with a baby running through the graveyard. On top of that, if you go to the well and drop a coin in, you’ll hear a baby’s cry.
Its cry probably sounds like, “Why didn’t you just put me on the ground?!”
California - Hollywood Sign, Hollywood
As California’s most unsightly landmark, The Hollywood Sign has an unsurprisingly sordid history. In September of 1932, supposedly after getting a bad review, an actress climbed the Hollywood sign and jumped to her death. Hollywood being Hollywood, her suicide note was published: “I am afraid, I am a coward. I am sorry for everything. If I had done this a long time ago, it would have saved a lot of pain. P.E.” Legend now says that anyone who goes to The Hollywood Sign alone is accompanied by death, and many suicides have happened there since.