The Freakiest, Lesser-Known Urban Legends That Exist In Every State
Every state in the U.S. is unique and has its history and laws. That is what makes this country beautiful and diverse!
Unsurprisingly enough, many states also have their own horrifying urban legends. These spooky stories have origins found in both local lore…and classic, worldly myths that have traveled thousands of miles from their homelands.
These unique urban legends were originally compiled by Thought Catalog. Which ones have you heard of?
1. Arkansas – The Dog Boy
Gerald Floyd Bettis was rumored to be a deranged lunatic that gained satanic powers by performing awful experiments on his dog.
2. Georgia – Baby Bridge
Many states have “crybaby bridges,” and they’re all terrifying. This urban legend was formed when a poor farming family was expecting a fifth child. The father, knowing that the family couldn’t afford another baby, had the baby killed by the doctor, who threw it off a bridge. It is said that the baby still haunts the bridge to this day.
3. Illinois – Creepy Clown
A man dressed in a creepy clown costume was said to lure children into his van and do unspeakable things to them. The man was never caught by police and the legend still haunts the area to this day.
4. Alabama – Hell’s Gate Bridge
Locals believe that if you drive your car onto this bridge and stop, when you turn around, you’ll be able to see the fiery gates of Hell.
5. Colorado – Denver Airport Is A Satanic Church
Rumor has it that before the completion of the Denver airport, they ran out of money. A hodgepodge of builders was recruited to complete the job and, apparently, they included occult imagery.
6. Iowa – The Black Angel
The Black Angel is a memorial built in honor of Ruth Anne Dodge, a woman who allegedly had visions of angels. People say that if you visit the memorial at night, it will disappear or its eyes will glow.
7. Indiana – Crosley Monster
Indiana’s version of Bigfoot is a 7-foot-tall behemoth that scares people across the state.
8. Connecticut – Melonheads
When a local insane asylum burned down, the inmates supposedly emerged with grotesque appearances as a result of inbreeding and cannibalism. Those inmates are what inspired The Melonhead legend.
9. Arizona – The Dutchman’s Goldmine
Apparently, immigrant Jacob Waltz found a mine full of gold in Arizona during the Gold Rush, but numerous people have come searching for it, only to end up dead in the hot Arizona sun.
10. California – Alien Blood Poisons Hospital
A woman named Gloria Ramirez came into a hospital in California. During her ER trip, her blood was drawn…and then her skin changed and a foul odor began to fill the area. It was so bad, the ER had to be evacuated. It was thought that her blood was alien.
11. Hawaii – Night Marchers
This Hawaiian legend states that there is a band of soldiers that haunts land they lost and they are looking to avenge their deaths.
12. Idaho – Haunted High School
Many paranormal activities have been seen at a high school in Idaho that has been deemed haunted. Ghostly figures have been seen on security camera footage and lights will flicker on and off.
13. Alaska – The Bushmen
Alaska’s version of Bigfoot is known as The Bushmen. It was said they lived in harmony with the Inuit of Alaska, until one day an Inuit killed one of the Bushmen, they then scattered all over the forests of Alaska.
14. Florida – The Devil’s Chair
This legend says that if you leave an opened beer on the Devil’s Chair in the Cassadaga cemetery, when morning comes, it will be empty due to the Devil’s thirst for beer.
15. Delaware – Mr. Chews
A judge named Samuel Chews was the subject of much mockery due to his name. People would say, “Ah, Chews” like a sneeze and it made his skin crawl. He is said to haunt those who made fun of his name.
16. Nevada – Area 51
(Duh, right?) Area 51 is home to many alien encounter theories and UFO sightings. It’s one of the most famous focal points of American urban legends.
17. Mississippi – Secret Disease
Locals believe that the government created a disease and infected women with it. The virus caused otherwise non-violent women to go on killing sprees – and target men.
18. New Hampshire – Alien Abduction
Allegedly, a couple was driving along a deserted road and encountered bright lights above them. They thought they stopped and stared at the lights for a few moments…but in reality, hours had passed. This common tale and time loss are associated with alien abductions (and have occurred all over the country).
19. Montana – Lake Monster
In a Montana lake, there is supposedly a giant fish that the locals fear. There’s speculation as to what the giant creature is…but even if no one is certain, the myth keeps people out of the water.
20. Nebraska – Spooky (Explosive) Bunnies
Farmers in Nebraska were bored one night and, according to legend, passed the time by torturing bunnies. They strapped fireworks to the rabbits and watched the chaos ensue…that is until one of the rabbits turned on them and attacked the farmers as it exploded.