There’s no way these 5 Michigan urban legends are true … is there?
As I left my house for work today, I couldn’t help but notice the incredible full moon that still lingered in the sky. Of course, I leave for work at 4 am so the moon is a bit hard to miss.
Funny how the sight of the full moon will always and forever make my mind immediately jump to the legend of werewolves. I’m someone who loves urban legends, so it’s really no surprise. But it made me think. What are the urban myths or legends that exist in the state of Michigan? They did not disappoint.
Do you believe these 5 Michigan urban legends?
I am convinced that every place in the world has a legend similar to this one. Whether it’s a wendigo, a “werewolf” as the French called it, or a werewolf, the legend reads the same. The Michigan Hound is said to be a very large wolf or a dog capable of “pitching up on its hind legs to show its humanoid torso, looking at you with blue or amber eyes, and triggering a frightening human cry.” Yeah. It sounds terrifying. It is not known if the full moon influences the Michigan Dogman’s activities, but you can read more about the Michigan Dogman’s sightings and history on this fan page (as it exists of course).
While the image above is the notoriously famous photo of the alleged Loch Ness Monster, the Great Lakes are said to contain their own ‘monster’. Named Pressie, this American version of the Loch Ness Monster is believed to live in Lake Superior and is described as a “snake-like” creature that has been spotted with its head smashing the surface. However, Pressie is not the first or the only monster reportedly spotted in the Great Lakes. In fact, legends surround the Lake Leelanau Monster, the Straits of Mackinac Sea Monster, and the Saginaw Bay Aquatic Monster. For Pressie, there’s actually a Youtube video detailing the first time he was spotted in Lake Superior. Check it out here.
The Melon Chiefs of Allegan County
This one makes me really sad. Michigan “melon heads” have been said to be the size of children, about 4 feet tall, with huge, bulbous heads. The legend has a few different stories. These melon heads are said to have been children treated by a doctor who mistreated them. In return, they killed and ate him, then fled into the woods of Allegan. Another says they were patients at the Junction Madman’s Asylum near Felt Mansion, went wild and were released into the woods. In both stories, however, it is recognized that the children most likely suffered from hydrocephalus, a condition that causes an abnormal buildup of fluid in the brain which in turn causes the head to swell. Today there are treatment options available. But, it seems these poor children, if the legend is true, were left to fend for themselves just because they were suffering from a health problem. It is heartbreaking. Learn more about Allegan’s melon heads below:
The serpent goddess of Belle Isle
This legend has Native American roots. It is said that the daughter of Chief Sleeping Bear of Ottawa was magnificent. Her father, as most do, tried to protect her from potential suitors. After a few unsuccessful attempts, Chief Sleeping Bear put her on Belle Isle where the spirits have sworn to protect her for eternity. Not only did the girl gain immortality, but also the ability to transform into a white doe. Visitors say you can still spot a white doe roaming the shores of Belle Isle or Lady in White moving between the trees. There is also a rumor that if you sit at the edge of the island in your car and honk three times, it will summon her. Like a doorbell for an immortal being. What could go wrong? Learn more about the Serpent Goddess of Belle Isle here.
This urban legend has turned into more of a celebration in Detroit. The Red Dwarf is described as a baboon-like creature with hooves, fur, horns and sharp teeth. The earliest reports of Dwarf Snape sightings date back to the 1700s and it is said that he appears just before moments of peril. In fact, Detroit founder Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac apparently crossed paths with the creature only to encounter great misfortune soon after. Since then, reports of the appearance of the Red Dwarf have always preceded major events such as battles, deaths, storms and more. Now the Red Dwarf is celebrated with the Red Dwarf March through Cass Corridor in Detroit. Learn more about the celebration here.
Whether terrible, scary, or even heartbreaking, urban legends seem to captivate generations of people. And I am one of them. Do I believe all urban legends? Of course not. Will I be on the lookout for Pressie on my next visit to Lake Superior?
Absolutely. * insert the X-files theme song here *
Thanks to Mlive.com and evansdist.com for information on local urban legends.
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