134 – Phantoms – Spirit Lake, ID

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Do you know about the phantoms of Spirit Lake, Idaho?

On episode 134 of the Travel Oddities Podcast, Harley and Brett confront the ghosts(plural) that are said to inhabit the beautiful waters of Spirit Lake.

Spirit Lake, ID is a logging town and we are fairly certain that is a Travel Oddities first.
Not only is this place picturesque with a scenic downtown, they have an activity for any outdoor enthusiast.

Like so many of the legends we discuss, this one starts with some spooky Native American legends. The Phantoms of Spirit Lake have their origin in these legends, and whether you are a believer or you just love the stories, this one has you covered.

What is the story behind the phantoms?

When is the best time of year to run into a phantom?

If you like your adrenaline spikes to originate from something a little more mundane, then you are going to love Silverwood Theme Park in Athol, Idaho. It is located in beautiful North Idaho, and has over 65 rides, slides, shows and attractions, including one that was voted best in the country by Travel Channel.

After your adventures in this town, you are going to need to refuel, and Messy’s Burgers is just the place to do that. Messy’s is a quick food restaurant in beautiful Spirit Lake, Idaho. Serving burgers, rippers (deep fried hotdogs), milkshake and floats.

Brett and Harley have not been able to come to a truce on the review front, so strap in, it gets really bleepy!

Haunted Spirit Lake
Spirit Lake Ghost Sightings
Spirit Lake, ID
Spirit Lake Tourism Info
SilverWood Theme Park
Messy’s Burgers
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Outro by Buckcherry

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128 – The House of Mary Surratt – Washington, D.C.

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On episode 128, Brett is limping his way to Washington, DC, while Harley fails at laughing and/or offending anyone. Why are we headed to DC? The House of Mary Surratt is a conspiracy haunting….it’s a two-fer.

We went light on the DC tourism details…because it is a bottomless pit of interesting and entertaining places and things to do and ain’t nobody got time to cover them all.

The House of Mary Surratt is a location of significance in the Lincoln assassination and it may just be haunted by the ghost of a wrongfully accused co-conspirator. From ghostly footsteps to phantom apparitions, this place has had thousands of people report paranormal activity.

Who was Mary Surratt?

How was she involved in the assassination of our sixteenth president?

Can ghosts melt snow?

Do politicians really eat babies?

If want like the night life, but not the afterlife, may we suggest The All Night Art Show?

Did you know Washington DC is known for chili? Ben’s Chili Bowl is home of the Legendary “Half Smoke” and Brett will hop on one leg to get some.

Washington, DC
Surratt Museum
Spooky Washington Post News Stories
Ben’s Chili Bowl
Art All Night
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122 – Puckwudgies – Anderson IN

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On this week’s episode, Harley is back from his trip to Florida and he and Brett use the frequent flyer miles to visit Anderson, Indiana.

Brett got to revisit one of his worst fears…little things.

Puckwudgies are knee high(an average knee high) forest spirits with a taste for blood and apparently the Mounds State Park has been overrun.

What is Puckwudgie?

What can you do to increase your chances of a Puckwudgie encounter?

Do Puckwudgies like Skittles?

From festivals, museums, hiking, and theatre to shopping, racing, and a casino, Anderson, IN has something for everyone all year long. There is a reason that it is called the Pittsburgh on White River.

Puckwudgies weren’t scary enough? There is more…Indy Scream Park is rated one of the scariest Halloween events in the country.

You don’t have to have your black belt to eat at Ninja of Japan, but maybe something with an elastic waist might help.

The Top 5 is not Muppet friendly.

Indy Scream Park
Visit Madison County
Puckwudgie
Puckwudgie Reddit story
Ninja of Japan
Indy Scream Park
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115 – Huggin’ Molly – Abbeville, AL

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On this week’s episode, Harley and Brett fight the spring snow to explore Abbeville, Alabama, you know….the Yellowhammer State, the “Heart of Dixie” or the “CottonState”.

We discuss a creepy haunting, phantom, cryptid or something called Huggin’ Molly. How scary can it be with a name like Huggin’ Molly?

This oddity may or may not scare you, but don’t let that keep you from traveling here. The town is like a time-capsule.

The Statue of Leroy Brown, the famous fish? Yes we are telling fish stories and ours is bigger than yours.

Brett spends some time explaining his theories on hugs and he is offering free hugs from the back of his panel van. So come one, come all…

No Episode of the Travel Oddities Podcast would be complete without a place to grab a bite. Huggin’ Molly’s restaurant obviously has been listening to our show. They have the lore and they built a store! If you run into the propriators…..tell them we accept cash or card.

The Top 5 was instrumental in the completion of this episode.

Specials thanks to Logan for the beautiful feedback and for sharing his story.

Huggin’ Molly
Huggin’ Molly Restaurant
Leroy Brown
Abbeville, AL
Visit Abbeville
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113 – Demon of Brownsville Road – Pittsburgh, PA

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Yes, we admit it….we were originally biased against Pittsburgh, PN, but we have seen the light! Join us as we explore one of the coolest and livable(?) cities in the country!

Pittsburgh is the 63rd-largest city in the U.S, a tech mecca, and a must-see destination.
Find out more about one of the “Best Places to Travel.

We have a great interview with Bob Cranmer, author of The Demon of Brownsville Road. He shares some truly terrifying details of his twenty years in the infamous Demon House.

We have all the inside information on Randyland, a place Anthony Bourdain said is essential for the “Perfect Day in Pittsburgh”.

Brett has some deep breakthroughs about his youth in the Catholic Church. Apparently they are perfect for renovating into world class restaurants.

We have classed up the Top 5 and the guys at the Project Archivist Show called us with a heart-melting voicemail.

Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce

City of Pittsburgh

Church Brew Works

RandyLand

Demon of Brownsville Rd

Pittsburgh Post

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112 – Mount Holly Cemetery – Little Rock, AR

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Harley has come down from the mountain top and joined Brett for a trip to The Natural State.

On this episode we discuss the haunted Mount Holly Cemetery in Little Rock, Arkansas. What happens when you start moving people’s graves?

We have a great interview with Linda Howell, author of Haunted Little Rock and Life At Cedar Meadows Farm, is an independent tour guide and owner of the tour company, Haunted Tours of Little Rock.
She starred in the national television show A & E Biography, My Ghost Story and assisted Ghost Hunters in acquiring a location for their show, Ghost Friends Forever.
In addition to making several appearances on local television, she had a cameo role in the movie, SEEKERS.
As location coordinator for the movie, The Trial of David O. Dodd, she was instrumental in acquiring historic locations and props.

She is a paranormal researcher, investigator and history advisor to the Arkansas Ghost Catchers.

This oddity is spooky, but if you don’t like spooky, then you may want to check out Pinnacle Mountain.

No Episode of the Travel Oddities Podcast would be complete without a place to grab a bite, and since we are a travel show, we couldn’t pass up a the All Aboard Restaurant & Grill…they deliver your food to your table via model trains!

The Top 5 now with more music.

Linda’s Website
Little Rock
Little Rock Chamber
Little Wiki
Pinnacle Mountain
All Aboard Restaurant & Grill
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109 – Lalaurie Mansion – New Orleans, LA

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On this week’s episode, Harley and Brett are gearing up for Mardi Gras in the most unique city in America, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Harley is a year older and apparently the light is fading fast…you know, because he is 44.

We have a great interview with Lyn Gibson, aka The Twisted Southern Horror Queen about Madame Lalaurie and the Lalaurie Mansion. Madame Lalaurie might have been the sickest person alive at the time.

New Orleans is one of the world’s most fascinating cities – it’s home to a truly unique melting pot of cultures, and we explore some of the more unusual aspects.

We found a way to get a real behind-the-scenes look at New Orleans Mardi Gras at Mardi Gras World.

Harley and Brett never stop scouring a town until we find something awesome to eat…and we found the fat dude at BigCheezy at Henry’s uptown Bar. This place takes the grilled cheese to a whole new level.

The Travel Oddities Top Five is full of music and good times, just like New Orleans, LA.

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Check out Lyn Gibson’s Work
The Twisted Southern Horror Queen show on The Edge Radio
New Orleans Online
New Orleans Wiki
Ecosia.org
The Big Cheezy
Henry’s Uptown Bar
Mardi Gras World
The Lalaurie Mansion
New Orlean’s Chamber
New Orleans News
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The Legion: Ghost

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106 – Haunted Green-Wood Cemetery – Brooklyn, NY

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On this week’s episode, Brett and Amy get their subway passes out to explore one of the biggest tourist attractions during the last turn of the century and apparently one of the biggest spectral tourist attractions today.

Welcome to Brooklyn, NY and the Haunted Green-Wood Cemetery. With a population in the millions and annual deaths of about 50,000, you may wonder where do they go(literally and figuratively), and we have some answers.

This oddity is spooky, but don’t let that sway you from this … it’s part of the five bouroughs.

If you want to get a bird’s eye view of the area, may we suggest Deno’s Wonder Wheel? This iconic NYC Landmark is almost a hundred yeats old and has a PERFECT safety record.

Amy explains why she is too good to eat Katz’s Deli. You know, the 150 year old shining example of a classic Jewish deli?

If you are a pinball wizard, there may be some incriminating entries on this week’s TOP 5.

New York, New York cover by Skanatra
More info on Green-Wood
More info on Brooklyn
Brooklyn Chamber
Katz’s Deli
Deno’s Wonder Wheel

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105 – Specters of Bear Creek Swamp – Prattville AL

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Harley and Amy are traveling to swamp country, to soak in an oddity that has all the makings of a terrifying thrill ride. Welcome to Prattville, AL, home of the Specters of Bear Creek Swamp.

The phenomenon in this area go way back into the past and there is something for everybody. From ghosts to bigfoot and chupacabra to haunted dolls…this place really has it all.

There is definitley some weirdness in the swamps her, but Prattville is older than the state of Alabama and there are activities for any taste. This is a road trip that you have to make.

If you don’t want to trudge through the swamp, you could always take part in their annual 4th of July cardboard boat race.

The Travel Oddities Podcast restaurant pick is a place called Fat Boy’s BBQ Ranch because Amy’s diet has given her a one-=track-appetite.

The Top 5…Did you know that Alabama has a state biscuit? Do they have state gravy? Listen to the show already!

Prattville Chamber of Commerce
Fat Boy’s BBQ Ranch
Local News
Music by Mike Masse

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103 – Hauntings of Hunting Island – Beaufort, SC

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Amy and Brett are taking a road trip to one of the South’s best small towns. Beaufort, SC is located on Port Royal Island and has more activities than you could handle in a dozen vacations. We love the outdoor activities(except Amy….she hates fun), but that is not the draw for this particular show.

There is a haunted light house and people are dying to check it out…get it? We have all of the creepy details and you have to check it out.

Have you ever wondered who is the King of Kazoos? Well we have you covered. Kazoobie Kazoos has sold millions of kazoos and you can tour their facility.

If you love seafood, you are going to love Gullah Grub.

The Top 5 will knock your legs off…at least one of them.

Beaufort Chamber
Kazoobie Kazoos
Gullah Grub
Music by Mike Masse

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