Alaska September 28, 2017
This Abandoned Ghost Town In Alaska Is Downright Bone Chilling
On the southern tip of the Kenai Peninsula lies an abandoned ghost town called Portlock, with only a few rotting houses left of the once vibrant village. Although Aleut people have lived on the Southern tip of the Kenai Peninsula for thousands of years, no one had a settlement in the Portlock area until the 1780s. The town remained until everyone abandoned the village in 1950, with most residents moving to nearby villages down the coast. A mine tunnel, house pilings, and rusted cannery equipment are all that remain of Portlock, and the reason why is terrifying. An unexplained hairy creature continuously assaulted and stalked the villagers until they all abandoned the area.
Interactive Map of Portlock here.
Portlock lies on the southern end of the Kenai Peninsula in southcentral Alaska. The village of Portlock began when Captain Nathanial Portlock of the Royal British Navy landed there in 1787.
Residents in the nearby villages of Seldovia, Nanwalek and Port Graham report that the area is haunted, including Portlock (also called Port Catham), Catham Bay, and Chrome, the site of a chromium mine.
In 1905, it was reported that all the workers left their cannery jobs due to something mysterious "bothering" the camp. The cannery workers returned the next season, but unexplained events were continually reported.
Hunters and gold miners who headed into the mountains started to disappear. In 1931, one man chopping wood was found murdered, seemingly by a single blow that seemed stronger than human.
One group hunting a moose reported finding giant footprints also stalking the same animal. They arrived at the site of a bloody battle and no moose was found. Footprints over 18 inches long headed from that spot into the foggy mountains.
One resident saw a huge, hairy man destroying fish wheels along the beach. He ran back to get his gun and when he returned, the beast just stared at him and walked off.
Bodies recovered having washed down the rivers into the lagoon had strange wounds no bear could make. The loss of these lives took a toll on the small community and fear set in. People started to leave.
Residents took off en masse in 1949, leaving their houses, the nearby chromium mine, the cannery, the teacher cottage and large school house to return to the wilderness.
Only the postmaster remained. After a year alone, the post office closed in 1950 and the last resident of Portlock left town.
In the local dialect of Alutiiq, the language of the area, the creature is called a "nantiinaq", half-man, half-beast. In the 1970's, fisherman forced to take refuge from a storm reported something strange walked through their camp on two feet.
The ghost town of Portlock has a mysterious story. Whether or not this is a stronghold of Bigfoot in Alaska, you can decide for yourself.
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