America’s Haunted Highways and Byways

October 22, 2019 by Meyer Baron
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America is full of spooky places. You probably live near one (or more). If you’re looking to change up your usual Halloween plans, here are five highways and byways in different parts of the country that promise to give you a shiver or two.

Vermont — Moretown

If you’re in the vicinity of “The Devil’s Washbowl,” be on the lookout for Pigman. Legend has it that on the evening before Halloween in 1951, a 17-year-old boy named Sam became possessed by an evil spirit and vanished. Locals claim that Sam returned as a half-man, half-pig who slaughters pigs and wears their hollowed-out heads over his own, thereby earning the moniker, Pigman. Motorists claim to have sighted Pigman while driving through The Devil’s Washbowl, so be vigilant — and do not eat ham sandwiches while on your drive!

North Carolina — Jamestown

For decades, motorists in Jamestown, North Carolina have spoken of a hitchhiker named Lydia, famous for hitching rides by an old underpass and then vanishing into thin air upon arrival to her destination. Recently, a pair of native North Carolina researchers uncovered the true story of a 35-year-old woman who died in a car crash near the underpass. They believe that accident inspired the tales of Lydia. Planning to be in the Jamestown area for Halloween? You might want to avoid hitchhikers.

Oregon — Portland

The spookiest spot in Portland isn’t on the road, but below it. From 1850 to 1941, a subterranean network of catacombs under the city’s Chinatown allowed merchants to move goods during the day with no street traffic or rain. Infamous for human trafficking at night, the catacombs became known as the Shanghai Tunnels. Victims were drugged above ground and lowered into the tunnels. Men awoke onboard ships, where they were pressed into service as sailors for years at a time. Women were forced into prostitution. The Shanghai Tunnels, also became famous for being haunted by victims who died in them. Today, Portland Underground Tours offers a two-hour walking tour.

California — Garden Valley

Prospectors Road runs from Coloma to Garden Valley, west of Marshall Road.  It’s a small but treacherous road with dangerous twists and turns. According to legend, the ghost of a prospector is to blame for many accidents there, including those with fatalities. What’s his beef? One night he got drunk and bragged about his claim. When he got back on the road, fellow prospectors killed him and stole the claim. Now, when motorists encounter his ghost at one of the many dangerous turns, he whispers to them, “Get off my claim.” If you go, be on the lookout for an old, half-transparent, grizzled miner. He has nothing good in mind for you.

Louisiana — New Orleans

City Park is an 8,000-acre urban jewel in the heart of New Orleans. In addition to its four golf courses and many bayous and lagoons, it is home to a ghost named Mona. In the early 20th century, Mona, the teenage daughter of a wealthy family, fell in love with a sailor. When her father forbade her from seeing the sailor, she became so distraught that she threw herself into one of the park’s lagoons, ending her life. The family had a statue of Venus made in her honor and had it erected near the lagoon where Mona killed herself. One night, a group of mischievous teenagers knocked the statue off its pedestal, breaking it. After that, many couples who used Mona Lisa Drive as a lover’s lane spoke of a female figure in white with a mournful expression who floated up out of nowhere and scratched the passenger window, gazing inside the car before vanishing. Over time, tree roots and weeds have consumed the lane, but it’s said that you can still find it if you look for it, not far from Popp’s Fountain.

Trick or Treat?

While all of these stories are local legends, and FreightCenter can’t guarantee that you’ll encounter otherworldly characters on your Halloween adventure, we do guarantee that we will do our best to make all of your shipping experiences with us a treat. Happy Halloween!

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