I started a series writing about America’s Cryptids. I thought it would be a cool idea to write articles about each state’s cryptids. I was surprised to find such a vast resource of information.
Each state had more than one cryptid in its history of myths and legends.
I had so much fun researching each state’s creepy monsters. Alabama had ‘The White Thang,’ which is a bigfoot like creature. You wouldn’t think such a creature could live in the swamps.
Many of the stories about Bigfoot is that the creature lives in the heavily dense forests. The forests of the Pacific Northwest is home to the hair covered cryptid. The Alabama White Thang is a bigfoot type monster that is pure white.
It makes you wonder if it isn’t related to the infamous Himalayan yeti. Tales of the yeti says it has white fur just like the Swamp Thang.
Then you have Alaska’s Qalupalik, which sounds like a mermaid. Tales and stories from ancient Rome and Greece talk about mermaids. Sultry and beautiful siren-like females sit on rocks using their voices to lure unsuspecting sailors to their dooms.
The singing enthralled the men causing them to crash their ships to get to the mermaids.
Alaska’s myths have similar sirens that lure Native children to their doom. The Qalupalik didn’t sing, but they hummed, and the sound coerced children to the edges of the sea. No one knew what happened to the children once taken by the Qalupalik.
Parents used the tales to keep their children safe. The Qalupalik was Alaska’s version of the Boogeyman. If they didn’t behave, the Qalupalik would get them.
Arizona has the Skinwalker’s, an ancient Navajo myth that still terrifies Navajo’s today.
The legend is the Skinwalker is a medicine man who sacrifices someone in his family. It has to be someone he loves for him to inherit the animal-shifting abilities. If you try to betray the Skinwalker, he will curse you.
Skinwalker curses that can cause loss of health, even death of you and your loved ones.
Arkansas has the Ozark Howler. a mythical cat-like creature that howls in the darkness. The Ozark mountains are populated with white pine trees.
Witnesses describe the elusive creature as black cat-like with glowing golden eyes.
The Ozarks were settled by early British immigrants who brought their own stories and legends with them. One of those stories is about the Balck hell dogs.
Devil dogs that are also seen in Arizona along the old devil’s highway. The Devil’s Highway used to be route 666 and haunted. The devil’s highway tells tales of motorists being chased by black dogs with glowing golden eyes.
Stories like that make you rethink driving alone at night in the desert.
California has the Night Watchers, mysterious black shrouded men who are seen at dusk. They stand at the top of the Santa Lucia mountains staring, staring at what, nobody knows.
Santa Lucia mountains are known for great hiking trails. These hikers report seeing these strange men standing there. That’s it, standing at dusk with the rays of the fading sun outlining their dark shapes.
Another haunting mystery that no one knows how it got started.
Another fascinating story is Colorado’s, Slide-Rock Bolter. The huge whale-like creature lives in the Rocky Mountains. Literally, hanging around waiting for unaware hikers.
It has hooks at the end of its tail, which it uses to hang at a 45-degree angle upside down. Then it releases its tail and uses the momentum of the angle to slide down the mountainside.
It’s mouth wide open, eating and swallowing everything in its path. There is no explanation of how this massive creature gets back up to the mountains.
The tales sound impossible, so maybe Slide-Rock Bolter is born out of the imagination of lumberjacks. It gets lonely in the mountains, and after a hard day’s work, it is natural to tell tall-tales.
America is filled with these stories, and it is fascinating how these myths and legends began.
What do you think? Do you think these myths and legends are real? Or tall tales told by bored lumberjacks and mountain men?
Next week is Connecticut’s Melon Heads, which is just as intriguing as these stories.