heard the stories and scoffed at the
grainy photos and video: Scotland's
Loch Ness Monster, Latin America's
Chupacabra, West Virginia's Mothman.
Nestled in the safety of the
Midwest, Wisconsinites have little
reason to be afraid of the dark ...
or do we?
The beasts and beings that go bump
in the night may be closer than you
infamous of all Wisconsin creatures
is the Bray Road Beast. Often
described as Wisconsin's werewolf,
witnesses lucky (or unlucky) enough
to catch a glimpse of this creature
report it to be a bulky, tall,
upright-walking two-legged creature
approximately the size of a very
large bear. The creature's face is
said to resemble that of a wolf,
complete with a long snout and its
body is covered with long, matted
fur. Some of the more horrifying
eyewitness accounts tell of the
beast's bright red eyes eerily
piercing the night air. It appears
that the beast is also a carnivore
as many unsuspecting drivers have
spotted it roadside, devouring a
freshly killed animal. Keep an eye
out for the beast wherever you are
traveling in Wisconsin. Although
originally sighted in Elkhorn, this
creature has since been sighted all
over the Badger State.
Gene Shepard, a pioneer and woodsman
from Rhinelander, spotted a strange
creature in the woods unlike he had
ever seen before. Shepard claimed
that the mysterious animal was part
dinosaur, part elephant and part
frog. Three years later, Shepard
captured a live specimen of the
animal and unveiled the most bizarre
and frightening creature ever seen
in the Northwoods - the hodag.
lizard-like creature measured over
seven feet in length and was nearly
four feet tall. To add to its
menacing appearance, the hodag's
back was lined with long spikes that
ended in two giant horns perched on
its head like some mutated bull.
News of Shepard's amazing discovery
quickly spread throughout the United
States and soon thousands of curious
sightseers descended upon
Rhinelander with coin in hand for a
chance to glimpse the hodag. Shepard
eventually admitted that the hodag
was nothing more than a hoax drummed
up to draw tourists to Rhinelander.
However, even to this day, others
swear that the hodag is still out
there waiting to be discovered.
Chickens of Seymour
Wisconsin's oddest creature has been
reported in the small town of
Seymour, about 17 miles outside
Green Bay. Here, unsuspecting
drivers passing through Chicken
Alley have reported hitting a
chicken. But when they got out of
their car to investigate the damage,
there was no fowl to be found. Other
drivers have reported seeing flocks
of chickens dart in front of their
car, but then inexplicably vanish
before the impact.
Located in the
center of the Northwoods, the town
of Fifield is home to some of
Wisconsin's most bizarre legends.
On summer evenings along Holy Cross
Road, carloads of curious visitors
eagerly await the specter of a young
mother killed along the railroad
tracks. But the daring try
their luck with the gnomes.
Legend states that if you throw a
rock into the thick woods
surrounding the tracks, a gnome will
throw it right back at you.
Those who have seen these creatures
report that they are much like the
typical gnomes of folklore, about
three- to four-feet tall with
pointed ears and a coned hat.
But sure to leave them a small
offering of candy or a shiny rock,
lest they curse you.
of Graceland Cemetery
community of Mineral Point is
perhaps the last place you would
expect to encounter a vampire, but
the city has been plagued by rumors
since 1890 when a police officer out
on late-night patrol claimed to have
seen a tall, thin, pale figure in
Graceland Cemetery. The
officer chased the vampire to the
edge of the graveyard, where the
creature easily scaled the fence and
vanished into the night. Most
folks blame a practical joker, but
others insist that the vampire
continues to roam the cemetery.
Hidden Headlines of Wisconsin
and co-author of
The Wisconsin Road Guide to Haunted
Locations, is a paranormal
investigator for Unexplained
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