We did the first run down of urban legends in every U.S. State. Now, we’re back for round two and boy does it get spooky. Of course, it’s not all frights and fears in this list. We also have some adorable stories, and some sad historical stories. Because, as we said before, the United States is rich with weird history, full of ghouls, goblins, and killer maniacs. From Montana to Wyoming, we’ve selected the best urban legends from each state for you, and if you’re into the supernatural, there are literally thousands more to explore. Here are 25 urban legends in every U.S. State (Part 2).
Montana - Phantom Hitchhiker of Black Horse Lake, Great Falls
There have been many, many reported sightings of this particular spook. Supposedly, when you’re driving along Black Horse Lake, you may see a hitchhiker who’s there and then isn’t; or, he’ll suddenly appear on your windshield as if you’ve just hit him, but when you pull over, he’s gone. According to reports, he’s wearing either jeans or overalls and has long black hair. Perhaps the ghost is stuck in a loop of his last moments on earth. Poor dude.
Nebraska - Cannibalistic Albinos, Hummel Park
In general, people believe that Hummel Park is haunted. People hear voices, see disembodied orbs of light, cursed stairs that number differently going up and going down, and there’s a general sense of isolation and “are we the stupid people in the horror movie”? But the creepiest urban legend in this 202 acre wooded park started in the 1960s. It goes as follows: there’s a group of cannibalistic albinos that have lived in the park for decades. During the day they hide among the trees, or up in the trees, and if you stay after dark, well, you’re staying for dinner.
Nevada - The Water Babies of Pyramid Lake, Washoe County
Nevada is home to not only Las Vegas, but also Area 51. Since everyone knows about the aliens, today we’re talking about spirits of dead babies that steal at least one fisherman a year. Known as The Water Babies of Pyramid Lake, legend says they’re ill or deformed babies that were thrown into the lake by a local Indian tribe so they wouldn’t be a burden on the tribe in winter or when food was scarce. Their spirits decided to linger. People have reported hearing cries at the water’s edge, and if you hear a baby’s cry during spring, run the other way. This story is based at least partly in truth, local Paiute tribes actually did this to some of their children, and the children are understandably angry.
New Hampshire - Wood Devils of Coos County
Seven feet tall, covered with greyish fir and thin enough to hide behind trees, the Wood Devils of Coos County walk upright on two feet and stick to the woods or northern New Hampshire near the Canadian border. Think of a tall, thin, pale Big Foot type creature that stands really still and runs really fast. Though there have been many reported sightings, it seems that the Wood Devils mostly want to be left alone and avoid human contact rather than violently maiming any hapless hikers who come across their path. Thanks, Wood Devils!
New Jersey - The Watcher, Westfield
So, in 2014, a nice and well-off family moved into their dream home that had been built in 1905, in an upper class New Jersey town. Good for them! Then they started getting really creepy letters. Like…really…just awful letters. This is from the first one, which arrived in June of that year: “My grandfather watched the house in the 1920s and my father watched in the 1960s. It is now my time. Do you know the history of the house? Do you know what lies within the walls of 657 Boulevard? Do you need to fill the house with the young blood I requested? Better for me.”
They had children, which just ups the creep factor. The neighbors decided, instead of installing shiny new door locks and a neighborhood watch, to vilify the new family. Apparently the previous owners of the home had received letters a well, and just refrained from putting that in the listing. Because who wouldn’t disclose getting love notes from strangers like this?
“Who has the bedrooms facing the street? I’ll know as soon as you move in. It will help me to know who is in which bedroom. Then I can plan better.” The family that moved in 2014 has been unable to sell the home, even at a loss.