Hellhounds of Meridean
Caryville, Dunn County, Wisconsin
Some web sites
erroneously refer to Meridean as 'Meridian' or 'Maridean.'
The island is on the
Chippewa River, not the 'Meridian' River as some sites claim.
ghost of a young girl named "Mary Dean" haunts the
island and boat landing where she had committed suicide.
- Shortly after
the death of Mary Dean, three ferries mysteriously
disappeared in that area, resulting in the ferry crossing
being closed down.
- Several teens
have drowned while swimming at the boat landing. Their
deaths have been ruled as suicides.
- At one time
there was a
on the island run by a doctor who owned
several dogs. These dogs haunt the area as "hellhounds," in other words, as black phantom dogs
with red glowing eyes.
- Another story is that the dogs
viciously killed their owner's child.
- About 50 years ago, two youths
who were parked in their pickup truck at the boat landing
were killed by some type of beast. Their bodies were
never recovered. The authorities later found their
empty truck which was splattered with blood mingled with
hairs from some unknown type of creature.
During the lumbering days, there was
a town named Meridean on the island. What is today used as
a boat landing was at one time a ferry crossing where people
traversed the Chippewa River to the island.
uncovered a number of stories about how Meridean got its
name. All of them make reference to a girl named
"Mary Dean." The favored story is that a Mrs.
Dean and her charming, young daughter Mary were traveling on the
Chippewa River by steamboat. Mary won the hearts of many
of the passengers during the journey. She suddenly became
ill and was taken ashore. She died and was buried under a
tree. The area was then named "Meridean" to
- Although there
was once a thriving lumber town on the island, we have been
unable to confirm the historicity of a doctor alleged to have
had a sanitarium and dogs. According to local historian
Dick Feeney, there never was an sanitarium on the island.
- We have been
unable to find any documentation verifying the alleged
disappearances of the ferries.
- While it is
certainly possible that swimmers have drowned there, we know
of no documented cases.
- We have found no
evidence to confirm the story about the deaths of two people in a pickup truck.
According to an eyewitness,
on one dark night there was a bonfire and a huge chair
(similar to the statue at the Lincoln Memorial, only on
stilts) across the road from the boat
landing. Three pairs of glowing red eyes could also be seen
in the woods nearby.
- The Dare:
If you park your car near the boat landing, at the bottom of the hill below the
Caryville Cemetery and shut off your headlights, the hellhounds will appear.
investigative team did hear a strange animal-like sound that emanated from the
island. The sound was unidentifiable and not
comparable to any known animal sounds.
- We did
interview the eyewitness who saw the huge chair and glowing
red eyes. It is possible that the "chair"
was actually a deer stand as this area is very popular with
- The Meridean
boat landing and island are popular places for camping and
teen parties, so it's not uncommon for there to be bonfires
in this area. This could also account for the sounds
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