Oklahoma June 26, 2015
These 8 Urban Legends In Oklahoma Will Keep You Awake At Night
Oklahoma has its fair share of creepy stories and urban legends. From crying babies to Big Foot sightings, we will always wonder which ones might be true. Here are a few you should know about…
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1. Big Foot
In southeastern Oklahoma, the thick forest is known for the most Big Foot sightings. The first sighting was in 1970 when a teenager wondered onto a back road in Talihina. It was there where he described seeing a "Green Hill Monster." Police investigated the area and found many dead animals in the vicinity. Many more sightings have been reported over the years but the creature has never been caught.
2. Cry Baby Bridge
Almost every bridge built in the 1900's in Oklahoma has a cry baby bridge story. This is the only one that has a specific date the incidence occurred. On Friday, June 13, 1924, a young mother was crossing the bridge with her baby when a storm came. Lightning struck her horse n' carriage and knocked her baby away and she could not find her, but could hear her crying. She looked for her over the side of the bridge but fell into the Verdigris River, never to be found again. Legend has it if you park your car on the bridge on Friday the 13th, and turn your motor off, you can still hear the baby crying. The bridge is not accessible anymore but can be seen by a nearby road.
3. The Hex House
In the 1940's, Tulsan's would have known the address of 10 E. 21st street as the home of Carol Ann Smith. Smith was found guilty of housing two "religious slaves" in cages in her basement for over a decade. The house became known as the Hex House since the slaves were under some sort of hex. The house has been torn down but rumor has it that the basement is still under the pavement.
4. Magnetic Hill
This fun mystery is located in Springer, OK on Pioneer Road. If you park your car in neutral at the bottom of the hill, a "mysterious force" will pull your vehicle up the hill. Some say the magnetic force in the area is so strong, it could even crash a plane. Another theory is that ghosts of car crashes from the past, pull your car away from where they died. If you don't believe these legends, you might be right in thinking it's just an optical illusion.
5. The Purple Church
One of Oklahoma's most infamous legends, the Purple Church is located near Spencer, OK. Although not a church, the concrete foundation has steps leading down to an underground cellar. They believe the cellar belonged to an old, torn down church and the purple in the name comes from the purple satanic marking on the entrance of the cellar. Many say satanic rituals have been performed here and several paranormal stories have been reported, many from credible sources.
6. Shaman's Portal
Located in Beaver Sands, this portal is known as "Oklahoma's Bermuda Triangle." Several people have reportedly disappeared in this portal. The theory? Legend has it that it is is a UFO crash site and all the people that had reports about it can no longer be found or contacted...as in disappeared.
7. Murdoc's Mansion
According to legend, this mansion was located near 111th and Sheridan in Tulsa, OK. The mansion was torn down after a fire burned most of it. They say devil worship and strange happenings went on there. If you stepped foot onto the property eerie feelings came over you and many felt disoriented and would faint.
8. Spooklight/Hornet Spooklight
This "mysterious light from an unknown origin," can be found on the Oklahoma border. Many have concluded that this strange appearance of lights can be explained by automobiles reflecting from miles away. However, sightings of these light flashes were reported before automobiles ever existed.
Have you visited any of these spots and did you have a scary or unexplainable event happen?