Wyoming
Bighorn Mountains
Bighorn Medicine Wheel
One of North America's most sacred places is located here, but no one knows who constructed it. The eighty-foot-diameter medicine wheel has
been used as a site of worship for hundreds of years. Crow Indians say it was built "before light came." Shoshone legends say it is at least twelve
thousand years old and attribute it to a race of Little People. The state of Wyoming calls it their most baffling unsolved mystery. The wheel is
made up of hundreds of limestone slabs and boulders laid out in a circle with twenty eight spokes, which is the number of ribs in a buffalo, and the
number of day in the lunar cycle. Buffalo skulls on the projecting slabs face the rising sun. Five holy cairns that stood over six feet tall are said to
reach down to bedrock mark the center and four directions of the wheel. A sixth cairn located just outside the circle is intended for sacred
ceremonies and rituals. Indians from throughout North America made the pilgrimage here, and all tribes had equal access. They fasted for vision
quests and left offering of meat and jewelry. Today the wire fence surrounding the wheel is littered with scraps of brightly colored cloth and offering
of tobacco and other personal objects that carry the prayers of the Indians who placed them there. Spirits are said to appear to those who fast for
four days near the circle.

Rawlins
Dean/Summer House
This innocent-looking duplex was the scene of a terrifying haunting in the 1970's. The families of Lois Dean and Diantha Summer first noticed odd
scratching sounds coming from outside the house. When lights started going on and off randomly they had the whole house rewired, but that did
not solve the problem. Both families living in the house started sensing a sinister presence at the back of the building near the garage. Once,
fourteen-year-old Mike Summer was picked up and thrown five feet by the Garage Witch, as they came to call it. When Lois and Diantha cornered
a dark female shape inside the garage, "something black and cold started coming out of it, like strands or ribbons." The strange tentacles
grabbed Diantha and paralyzed her, until Lois pushed her free. The families tried to bless the house, which seemed to lessen the attacks,
although they still felt the overpowering presence of the witch. Research uncovered some unusual facts about he house. In the early 1900's, a
small church graveyard was on the property. Most of the corpses were exhumed and moved to Rawlins Cemetery, but two were unaccounted for
and are presumed still buried in the area under the garage.


Pedro Mountain
Pedro Mountain Mummy
The mummified body of a seventeen inch tall adult was discovered sitting cross-legged in a cave here. The mummy was found on a ledge by two
prospectors blasting for gold. After it's discovery in 1932, the body toured with a circus sideshow but eventually was purchased by the American
Museum of Natural history in New York. A respected Harvard anthropologist declared the remains to be genuine, and X-ray studies determined the
little man to be about sixty-five years old at the time of his death. Unfortunately the mummy was stolen or lost in the 1960's. Some say it provided
evidence of the existence of the Little People spoken of in Crow, Shoshone, and Arapaho legends.

Platte River
Ship of Death
A phantom ship that rises out of a strange mist on the Platte River is a harbinger of death. The old sailing vessel emerges from a gigantic rolling
ball of fog, with its sails and masts covered with frost. A ghostly crew is seen huddled around a corpse lying on a canvas sheet on deck. Everyone
is covered with frost. Slowly the crew steps back to reveal the identity of the corpse. It is always a person known by the witness, someone who
will die that same day. In 1862, trapper Leon Weber saw the form of his fiancée on the ship. In 1887, cattleman Gene Wilson saw the body of his
wife laid out on the canvas. In 1903, Victor Heibe was chopping down a tree on his riverfront property when he saw the ship. On the deck he saw
the body of a close friend. In all cases, the person seen on the deck of the phantom ship died that same day and all the encounters took place in
late autumn.

Hauck, Dennis. (1994). Haunted Places: Ghost Abodes, Sacred Sites, UFO landings, and other supernatural locations. New York: Penguin Book.