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Folklore, Myths, Ghosts, Legends, Scary Stories and Monsters in New York State
The Cardiff Giant, an allegedly petrified man now on display in the Farmer's Museum, Cooperstown; the ghosts of Sleepy Hollow (a real village popularly known by that name before it officially became so in 1996), where Washington Irving is buried and which really is haunted, especially around Raven Rock, by a wailing lady in white, the witch Mother Hulda and by a spectral horseman (not headless and usually heard but not seen); the incredible twenty-two ghosts haunting the house at 14 West 10th Street in Manhattan, which include Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens); Champ, the famous monster of Lake Champlain on the northeastern border of the state; the pirate treasure, possibly Captain Kidd's, buried on New York harbour's Liberty Island but protected by a fire breathing devil; the finger marks of the Great Spirit, according to the Iroquois, as seen in the Finger Lakes to the west of Syracuse; and the ghost ship Adventure Galley, commanded by Captain Kidd, seen near Bear Mountain Bridge, are among the true ghost stories, myths and legends of New York State.
The literary ghosts, including Dorothy Parker, of New York City's Algonquin Hotel; the metal-working Catskill gnomes (originally of Mohican (Mahican) legend but possibly embellished since), pygmies with piggy eyes, long beards and enormous heads (melonheads?), whose games of nine-pins every twenty years cause thunder and flashes of light (September 3rd 2029 should be the date of their next tournament and, for the brave, the mountain behind the now demolished New Grand Hotel was said to be a good place to look but beware, Hendrik Hudson's crew were temporarily turned into gnomes after drinking their liquor and Rip van Winkle met the gnomes with famous results); the witches of Native American legend who may still dwell in the glacial Green Lakes; the ghosts of the Dakota Apartments (used in exterior shots in Rosemary's Baby) in New York City, including an Edwardian little girl, a little boy dressed in clothes of the same period, a young man, a crying woman, Edward Clark (who had the Dakota built) and, it is said, former Beatle John Lennon; the giant serpent of Silver Lake, near Gainesville; the Devil's Dance Chamber to the west of the Hudson River, where native Americans performed their divinatory dance rituals until the Manitou manifested himself as a wild animal; and the Devil's Stepping Stones in Long Island Sound, used by Satan to escape from Native American warriors, are other legendary tales of ghosts and haunted places in New York State.
Events in the Long Island house dramatised in the film The Amityville Horror (please do not linger as it is a private residence); the Catskill Witch who, according to Native American folklore, commanded the weather from Top Mountain and Round Top before playing tricks on anyone who ventured into her domain, once called Ontiora or Mountains of the Sky; alligators in the sewers of New York City, said to be the descendants of baby alligators flushed down toilets; the skeletal Rambout Van Dam who rows the Tappan Zee; the ghost ship The Flying Dutchman, usually associated with the Cape of Good Hope but which is said by some to appear at Tappan Zee on the Hudson River (I suspect that it is really Captain Kidd's ship the Adventure Galley); the dwerg (dwarf) of John Coleman, a seaman with Hendrik Hudson (did Coleman not recover from his encounter with the Catskill gnomes and so remained a dwarf?), who still haunts the area near Donderberg (Thunder Mountain) on the Hudson River; the celebrity ghosts of New York City's Chelsea Hotel (itself immortalised in song by Leonard Cohen), which allegedly include Sid Vicious, Dylan Thomas, Thomas Wolfe and Eugene O'Neill; and the Montauk monster, an unidentified carcass (but thought by some to be a bald raccoon), are more weird folklore associated with New York State.
Reptiles, Birds, Mammals and other Wildlife / Fauna of New York State
Eastern timber rattlesnakes, red-winged blackbirds, black vultures, painted turtles, diamondback terrapins, muskrats, turkey vultures, American goldfinches, bald eagles, spring peepers, piping plovers, scarlet tanagers, ruby-throated hummingbirds, red foxes, common goldeneyes, peregrine falcons, Eastern chipmunks, black bears, horseshoe crabs, porpoises, bobwhite quails, great horned owls, harbor seals, Eastern bluebirds, leatherback turtles, blue-winged warblers, milk snakes, hooded mergansers, brown garter snakes, whip-poor-wills, common nighthawks, water snakes, bottle-nosed dolphins, porcupines, snowshoe hares, woodchucks, common egrets, pintails, minks, black racer snakes, a moose population that has grown since they started to migrate back into the state in the late 1970s, sea turtles, red-breasted mergansers, beavers, common loons, coyotes, ruddy turnstone sandpipers, snowy egrets, pileated woodpeckers, fiddler crabs, gray foxes, Eastern gray squirrels, woodcocks, big brown bats, fishers, Baltimore orioles, black-crowned night herons, spotted turtles, little brown bats, screech owls, yelow-bellied sapsuckers, canvasbacks, rufous sided towhees, weasels, black capped chickadees, bobolinks, snowy owls, oldsquaws, raccoons, opossums, pilot whales, spotted salamanders, belted kingfishers, ruffed grouse, otters, box turtles, great egrets, cardinals, northern shovelers, bobcats, great blue herons, white-winged scoters, ospreys, smooth green snakes, Eastern cottontail rabbits, snapping turtles, brown thrashers, White-tailed deer, wild turkeys and widgeons are among the wild animals of New York State.
The USA is one of the most developed and technologically advanced countries in the world, yet has preserved much of its wilderness and beautiful scenery. Be as familiar with famous places as you might like to be with famous people. Sitka, Skagway, Corpus Christi, Anchorage, New York, Lake Tahoe, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Sacramento, Atlantic City, San Francisco, Houston, Atlanta, Fairbanks, Seattle, New Orleans, Boston, Indianapolis, Savannah, Philadelphia, St Louis, Washington DC, San Diego, Dallas, Santa Fe, Chicago, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Salt Lake City, Juneau, Minneapolis, Honolulu, Albuquerque, Las Vegas and Phoenix. If you have seen those cities, you have at least seen the most famous ones in the USA. Visiting all fifty states is something that even most Americans cannot manage but it is possible to visit those cities, as well as other iconic destinations such as Native American nations such as the Navajo and the Hopi, the Arctic wilderness of Alaska, Niagara Falls, the Florida Keys, the wild west town of Tombstone, Route 66, Yellowstone National Park, the beach at Waikiki in Hawaii, the Adirondacks, Bryce Canyon, the Okefenokee Swamp, the Grand Canyon, the Appalachians, Yosemite National Park, the California coastline, Glacier Bay National Park, the Disney resorts, Mount Rainier National Park, Mount Rushmore, Mount McKinley and fabulous wildlife in Denali National Park, rodeos, the Everglades, Hawaiian volcanoes such as Mauna Loa, Marvellous scenery and sea life in Kenai Fjords National Park, the plantations and bayous of the Mississippi Delta and the Ozarks. Casually mentioning places that you have visited can be as impressive as mentioning the names of celebrities that you have met. Camelopard.com hopes that you find its travel advice and anecdotes helpful or amusing.
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