Did you know Michigan was founded in 1837? Within the last 180 years it is only right that a few urban legends have taken shape and been passed along through the generations. Some may have more backing than others, but it’s your turn to decide which ones are real and which ones are just a big hoax…

  • The Singing Sands of Bete Grise: From the south side of Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula comes an urban legend about a Native American woman calling out for her lost love from the beach to Lake Superior. It is said that because she spent the rest of her days calling for him, the white sand still calls to him. You can hear her call by patting or brushing the surface of the sand, but if removed from the beach, it loses its sound.


  • Torch Lake Monster: What’s a body of water without a monster? Michigan’s lake monster lives in Torch Lake, located northeast of Traverse City. A giant creature with one blue eye and one green eye is believed to live at the bottom of the lake and comes up to the surface at night to harass swimmers, boaters, and campers alike.


  • Old Presque Isle Lighthouse: Michigan is filled with lighthouses, but this one in particular is rumored to be in careful watch of its recent caretaker, the late George Parris. Passerby’s on boat, on foot, and in the air believe to have seen the lighthouse fully lit after George passed away, even though the electrical wiring had since been disconnected and removed. Many also claim to have seen a figure walking around the lantern room late at night.


  • Nain Rouge: This urban legend is so big, it has its own party. Nain Rouge is believed to the mischievous creature behind Detroit’s largest setbacks. Marche du Nain Rouge is used to push out Nain and all the bad he brings, similar to how Detroit’s founder, Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac did when he encountered the little creature from the start.


  • Crying Woman of Indian Village: Another Detroit legend comes from Seminole Street in Indian Village. People have reported seeing a dark haired woman acting out a scene from her life and then watch her as she walks down the stairs into the butler’s pantry of her home, crying until she disappears. She is believed to be the ghost of a woman who died in a house fire.

Do you feel the hairs standing up on the back of your neck yet? If not, read more about Michigan’s urban legends or better yet, go visit them!

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