Road Ghost Phenomenon And Other Desert Spirits

Growing up, I’m sure you heard stories about people who picked up hitchhikers …usually something strange happened …or worse.

Or the stories of people encountering strange and bizarre figures along the road, almost always somewhere remote and during the darkest hours of the night.

In the Mojave, it’s often called “The Road Ghost Phenomenon” and countless people have sworn it happened to them – or someone they knew – or heard about.

But does it have a historical counterpart? Let Author M.L. Behrman tell you a tale that might go back hundreds of years…

It’s a common enough bit of haunted lore heard across the country, but in the Mojave Desert, it has a slightly different flavor…

People have always loved ghost stories, and like many urban legends (which does not mean to imply this is not a true scary story) this one gets better and better – whether one goes back in time to when the horse and buggy was the favorite mode of transport, right up to modern times when truckers and others have reported encountering this fascinating Mojave desert mystery.

How about you, ever seen a ghost? Would you WANT to?

 

Enjoy!

Ancient Giants In Death Valley?

   With the coming of the white man, there also began a lore of actual giants being found in Death Valley, and though not too plentiful or well-documented, are among the accounts that interest me the most as they contain some of the most colorful and frankly, bizarre details imaginable. To get the ball rolling I have an article published on August 5th, 1947 in the Madera Tribune:

“AGE OF GIANTS EVIDENCE FOUND

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 5. A band of amateur archeologists announced today that they have discovered a lost civilization of men nine feet tall in California caverns. Howard E. Hill, spokesman for the expedition, said the civilization may be “the fabled lost continent of Atlantis.” The caves contain mummies of men and animals and implements of a culture 80,000 years old but “in some respects more advanced than ours,” Hill said. He said the 32 caves covered a 180-square-mile area in California’s Death Valley and southern Nevada. Professional archaeologists were skeptical of Hill’s story. Los Angeles county museum scientists pointed out that dinosaurs and tigers, which Hill said lay side by side in the caves, appeared on earth 10,000,000 to 15,000,000 years apart…..”

There is more of this story and many others in my book if you are interested

UPDATE – Video episode out on this story!

While the idea of giants living in Death Valley is viewed by many as just another Mojave desert mystery and exotic urban legend, just as many people will swear to it being true. But is it verifiable? Some have claimed that in the basement of various museums, the proof of giant bodies, Native American or otherwise, is being covered up. But to what purpose? Would the idea of giants living in Death Valley really upset modern science and archeology?

Only time with tell!