Idaho August 28, 2017
The Sinister Story Behind This Popular Idaho State Park Will Give You Chills
Massacre Rocks State Park is known for being a major part of the Oregon Trail. Settlers from the east passed through what is now the state park on their journey westward. Today it is a popular destination to stop and appreciate the location’s history. However, the area is also attached to a pretty creepy urban legend that not many people know about. Some say that the area is haunted, and here’s why.
Outside of Pocatello, Idaho is the beautiful state park known as Massacre Rocks. This state park is known for the role it played during the Oregon Trail era, since many settlers passed through the area.
What is now Interstate 84 used to be the same exact trail that the Oregon Trail emigrants travelled on.
It is said that Massacre Rocks got its name from the narrow passage through the area's boulder configurations. Settlers travelling through the passage feared being ambushed by Native Americans, although it is unverified that any altercations happened there.
The Snake River runs right through the Massacre Rocks area and is said to be the main spot of paranormal activity, according to the legend.
It is said that the river is haunted by supernatural beings called Water Babies, which are the spirits of drowned babies. But what is the story behind the deaths of these babies?
The story varies depending on which legend you hear, but the thought is the same.
A popular belief is that the Native Americans who first inhabited the area went through a harsh famine. The natives decided there wasn't enough food to feed any more people, so mothers were forced to go down to the river and drown their babies as they were born. Other variations of the myth say that this happened among a group of white settlers during the 1800's.
It is said after the babies were drowned, they changed and grew fins and and gills in order to survive in the water by eating small fish. People have reported seeing these water spirits playing in the canals and rivers in the Massacre Rocks area.
It is even said that these spirits try to lure humans to their death in order to avenge their sad fates.
There's no denying the beauty of the area today and the rich history that goes along with it. Of course there is no way of telling whether the sad legend behind Massacre Rocks is true or not. But if you go down the river bank, you may just hear the distant sound of a baby crying for its mother.
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