Weird Maine Folklore and Legends
From flannel-wearing goatmen to the creature who controls the wild weather atop Mount Katahdin, the Pine Tree State has some really strange stories. Here are 10 of them.
According to the Penobscot Indian Nation, Pamola is a half-man, half-eagle with the head of a moose that lives in a cave on Maine's tallest mountain. According to legend, Pamola is not a fan of people coming up to the top of his mountain and when they do he lets them know. This is said to be the cause of the unpredictable wind, rain, snow, and thunder storms that seen to suddenly close in on the mountain's peak.
This giant lumberjack has become so incorporated in Maine that some find it hard to differentiate the truth and fiction. It is said the giant lumberjack was born in Maine and is responsible for many natural wonders. Some stories say his boot tracks were so large and so big they became Maine's lakes, or he cleared all the trees around him when he moved in his sleep creating our fields and meadows.
Between Cherryfield and Franklin on Route 182, there is an area around Fox Pond where the road climbs a hill. This is where a girl named Catherine is rumored to have lost her life in an accident. She may be the most well-known ghost in Maine and the most seen. But not all those who see her get to share their tale.
Possibly inspired by Stephen King's horror novel 'The Mist', Maine's thick haunting fog has taken on a life of its own in Maine folklore. The mist has blurred vision for many sailors who then wrecked their ships on the Maine coast, the same thing has happened to many adventurers in the deep woods causing them to lose their way. The mist is also a common factor in other Maine legends. For example, it is said the foggiest place in Maine is Catherine's Hill! Coincidence?!
Princeton in Northeastern Maine is a beautiful place with a beautiful lake (with a funny name) But the lake may not be as peaceful as it seems. In the 1880s people reported seeing an enormous snake-like creature that not only lived in the lake but also occasionally would slither ashore leaving a deep mud trail from the water. Today still claim to see the monster and have named him Poco.
Of course, Bigfoot has been reported all over the globe, but Maine is a popular spot for sightings of the elusive beast. Also, the only cryptozoology museum is here in Maine operated by a cryptozoologist and Bigfoot expert, Loren Coleman.
In the 1950s a story was told of a man traveling the roads near Cherryfield when (like in a horror movie) his truck suddenly began to slow and then stop. When he got out to check his gas tank for leaks he was shocked to see a goatman standing in the roadway. According to his report, the lower half and legs of the man were naked but furry and shaped like a goat's, while his body was human and wearing a flannel shirt. His face was human but he grew horns and had ears like a goat. The spooked man tried to start his truck again as he watched the goatman saunter into the woods.
Back in 2006 after a few neighborhood pets were killed or missing residents lived in fear of what lurked in the forest in the Turner area. But after a mutant beast was found, possibly killed by a car, the beast turned out to be a wolf-dog hybrid and the attacks stopped. But it leads one to wonder what else lurks out there.
This legend from Native American tribes describes people similar to what we now call hobbits, leprechauns, or fairies. Some good, some evil, these little people are supposedly all around us, we just might not notice them. Some play nasty tricks, others can be very helpful with things like gardens.
During the prohibition days in Maine emerged an immortal humanoid with razor-sharp shins and a thirst for alcohol. It was suggested new men working in the north woods should leave a jug of Bangor Whiskey outside their door or face a brutal shin slicing!