Mysterious MichiganStrange and unusual
Mysterious places, odd history, monsters, UFOs, true crime, and other high strangeness.
This series of battles fought around Monroe, Michigan, were some of the bloodiest during the entire War of 1812 and afterward, inspired the battle cry, “Remember the Raisin,” for the remainder of the war. Some even think that the spirits of this event are still wandering the place they took their last breath.
This chilling 1979 report about “shadow creatures” in White River Township makes one wonder if they are still out there silently watching.
If you grew up in Michigan, chances are you made one, or many, family trips to Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland.
Gravity hills exist all over the United States and have fascinated people with their ability to seemingly bypass the laws of physics as we know them. When something as heavy as a car should be going downhill, it appears to move up hill at these mysterious parts of the planet. But are they really all that mysterious?
There was no sign of a blaze, no acrid smell of smoke, but in the confusion, crowd members panicked and rushed toward a stairwell that led to the front door. As the first guests hurried down the narrow passageway, dozens, then hundreds, of people clamored after them. The force of all those bodies sent the first guests to the floor.
As William Treadwell sat behind his desk at People’s Bank in Hudson, a small community in southern Michigan’s Lenawee County, he mulled over the opportunity that presented itself. It was January 1864, and area governments were depositing huge amounts of money, the proceeds of year-end taxes their citizens had paid the previous month.
No one had seen the Robisons for several weeks, but family members had told acquaintances that they were planning a trip out of town, so their absences hadn’t alarmed anyone.
March 14 started a week in Washtenaw County, Michigan that would bring it into the spotlight. UFOs were being spotted by very trustworthy policemen. Radars showed UFOs on their screens. Josef Allen Hynek was sent by the government to investigate. All this led up to one of the best known UFO cases in Michigan — the Swamp Gas Case.
Beginning on March 7, 1994, a UFO flap took Lake Michigan’s coast by storm. Every county along Lake Michigan’s shoreline had reports about UFOs flying in.
What happens when you see something in the sky that’s unexplained? Tell the experts.
Vikings, Phoenicians, Egyptians or the lost tribe of Israel in Michigan? What?! According to author Mark Jager and his Mystic Michigan series, Michigan may have had visits from these four cultures at some point in history. Jager wrote about a stone circle similar in nature to Stonehenge found on Lake Michigan’s Beaver Island that could have been built by any of these ancient groups, who some theorize visited North American in the past.
Every night, strange circular lights of red, green and blue can be seen moving about. The Paulding Light is one of Michigan’s biggest mysteries and is a public spot for everyone to visit. Sometimes the lights seem to follow the power lines nearby. Since the lights were first seen, legends surround the lights.
Prospector’s Paradise is a rock and mineral shop in a town that badly needs tourism to keep afloat. This large emporium of Earth’s treasures houses all kinds of precious and semi-precious stones for the collector. It’s also home to the mysterious “Keweenaw Vortex”, a place some feel is bursting with natural Earth energy, possibly because of underground rivers in the vicinity.
In the late 1800’s, farmers and laymen alike were migrating to different areas of Michigan and claiming their newly acquired parcels of land. These common folk were unaware of the amazing discoveries that would soon be unearthed from the many ancient mounds that dotted the landscape. Farmers destroyed many of the mounds while preparing their lands for crops. In the meantime, other citizens were digging into the mounds out of pure curiosity.
Alexis St. Martin lived one of the weirdest lives on record. Not only was he unfortunate enough to have part of his stomach blown off during an accidental shooting on Mackinac Island in 1822, he also spent the next ten years as guinea pig to a doctor who, among other things, dangled bits of food into St. Martin’s unhealed wound to study the effects of digestion, a process that wasn’t well understood at the time.
When Harry Houdini stepped onto the stage in Detroit’s Garrick Theatre on October 24, 1926, he was about to begin the last performance of his career — and his life.
For three days in September 1881, a fire ravaged much of the Thumb area in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. The blaze decimated towns throughout four counties, and shot so much ash into the air that people in New England observed yellow skies and experienced twilight levels of darkness at noon. The Thumb Fire ultimately burned more than one million acres and took the lives of 282 people.
For about 125 years, eight painted figures have stared down at visitors from inside the state capital dome; for most of those years, no one knew exactly who had painted them. The figures, known as the muses, each represent a different means (i.e., agriculture, art, astronomy/science, commerce, education, industry, justice, and law) through which Michigan citizens can prosper and brighten the state’s future.
The Michigan Dogman is one of the most popular cryptids in Michigan. Have you seen one?
“Some years ago in northern lower Michigan, I saw a strange creature fly over my car with wings that were bat like. You could see veins through them and everything.”
The lakes of Michigan are never short on fantastic stories about water monsters.
On May 13, 1782, Vanant St. Germain, a Canadian fur trader, spotted what he believed to be an actual merman swimming in the cold, deep dark waters of Lake Superior. While making a stop at Pie Island in the northern part of the lake, St. Germain spotted the creature and described it as looking “child-like with brownish skin” and having “extremely brilliant eyes.”
The ancient stories say it lives on Michipicoten Island on the Canadian side of cold Lake Superior and has the magical ability to cause nasty storms. It’s usually associated with more bad things in life than good, such as death and destruction, but as long as an offering was made to the creature, this could perhaps keep it calm if one had to travel by water.
Reports of the hairy, 7 to 9 foot ape-like creature are in no short supply in Michigan’s past or the entire United States and Canada for that matter.
The legend states: A fellow in the 80’s built a fallout shelter beneath his home for his family. Paranoia growing greater, he took his family down there to live. At some point he lost it and killed his entire family with a hatchet and thus the road got its nickname: Hatchet Man Road.
One of the era’s most popular bearded ladies hailed from Michigan and is, in fact, buried in Maple Grove Cemetery in the northern Michigan community of Leetsville. That woman is Grace Gilbert.
Something caught our eye near the tree line and we both stopped in our tracks as this creature emerged from the underbrush.
For decades, people have gathered every year on the night of November 21 at the Reynolds Cemetery in Jackson, Michigan, hoping to see the reunion of two lost souls. Gathering might not be as common as it once was in the past, as creepy neighbors with shot guns and the police are a few of the factors that keep the curious ghost hunters away from the cemetery these days. So be warned.
The shoe tree story is pure legend at its finest because there’s nothing haunted about some old shoes in a tree. It’s a little creepy, but doesn’t automatically generate ghosts. But try telling that to someone who claims that their car wouldn’t start when they were near a shoe tree and other bizarre occurrences that are said to happen by these roadside oddities.
If you visit the bridge late at night and sit with your car shut off and windows rolled down, you’ll hear the ghostly sounds of the truck splashing into the water…
Decide for yourself if it was just blurry vision of some early 20th century party people, or if there really was a water monster lurking in the depths of the bayou.
Can you learn to see strange objects in the sky with this technique?