135 – Sensabaugh Tunnel – Kingsport, TN

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Have your heard of the Haunted Sensabaugh Tunnel in Kingsort, TN? On episode 135 of the Travel Oddities Podcast, Brett and Harley face their fear of the dark and head into this creepy urban legend.

Kingsport Tennessee is a small city nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. It is within a day’s drive of most of the US. Lauded by golfers and walkers alike, you are not likely to find a more peaceful land of parks and historical sights.

If your tastes lean further towards to spooky end of the street, you are going to love the haunted Sensabaugh Tunnel. Legends of murder, ghosts, satanic rituals and automobile high jinks abound around this very creepy tunnel. If you hear the crying baby, it may just be too late for you.

If you chicken out on the haunted tunnel, The Kingsport Carousel may be more your speed. This is a totally renovated 1956 Allen Herschell Carousel and it is treasured by the locals.

When it is time for a quick meal, Pal’s Sudden Service is the place to be. Pal’s Sudden Service a local chain that serves incredible food, has lightning-fast drive thrus, and personalized service. It is more than a meal, it is an experience.

Sensabaugh Tunnel Story 1
Sensabaugh Story 2
Sensabaugh Story 3
Kingsport, TN
Visit Kingsport
Kingsport Carousel
Kingsport Chamber
Behind the scenes in Kingsport
City of Kingsport
Pal’s Sudden Service
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Outro Band

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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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132 – The Alabama White Thang – Decatur, AL

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On this week’s episode, Harley and Brett are headed back to Sweet Home Alabama to hunt down the White Thang in Decatur, AL.

Decatur is located on the Tennessee River in Morgan County, Alabama. It has a rich history and activities for any traveler.

So, what is the Alabama White Thang, aside from being a misspelled cryptid?

Let’s just say that it is a big, white and scary bigfoot, dog, lion thang.

Do you like your cryptids to scream in your face?

If you don’t like being yelled at by mythical creatures, may we suggest checking out some of the best bbq while listening to live entertainment at the Riverfest BBQ and Music Fest?

This event is held on the third weekend in September every year.

We stop in at The Railyard. This is a Farm To Fork Restaurant in Historic Downtown Decatur.

Alabama White Thang
Decatur Alabama
Riverfest BBQ
The Railyard
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Puddles Pity Party

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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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Outro Musician

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125 – Odon Fire Poltergeist – Odon IN

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On episode 125, Harley and Brett have a most excellent adventure exploring Odon, Indiana.

Odon may be small but it has quite a few things to offer the bachelor on the move. Odon has a two thirds female population…

The Odon Fire Poltergeist is a most baffling mystery and the town of Odon has haunted by the tale since the 1940s.
What could cause a house to catch fire over twenty times in a day in front of numerous witnesses? A G.D. Fire Poltergeist!

How can you deal with a poltergeist?

Do the movies have it right when it comes to ghosts?

Want something a little darker? How about a cavernous canoe ride in the Bluespring Caverns?

We cannot vouch for the cooking skills of the Odon Fire Poltergeist, but Smokin Jim’s BBQ knows what to do with the flames!

Odon Fire Poltergeist
Movie Poltergeist
Blue Springs Cavern
Smokin Jim’s BBQ
OKC River Sports
Music by Mike Masse
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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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121 – Caddo Lake State Park Bigfoot – Uncertain, TX

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On this week’s episode, Harley and Brett kick off summer right with a trip to Uncertain, Texas. Yes, we are sure.

Harley had a great interview with Ken Gerhard, a cryptozoologist and field investigator for The Centre for Fortean Zoology. We discuss the Caddo Lake State Park Bigfoot and the similar sightings in the area including some outings with Lyle Blackburn and the Fouke Monster.

What is Bigfoot?

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

What is the Devil’s Elbow?

What project is Ken working on?

Uncertain, TX was originally called this by the surveyors, because they were Uncertain to whether this place was in Texas or Louisianna. The local sheriff was quoted as saying, “You’ve got to either know where you’re goin’ or be lost to find it.”

Need more Bigfoot? The Texas Bigfoot Research Center runs the Original Texas Bigfoot Conference just down the road in Jefferson, TX. Check it out and you just might meet. Bob Gimlin, Dr. Jeff Meldrum, Lyle Blackburn, Ken Gerhard, Nick Redfern, or Shelly Covington-Montana.

The Shady Glade Cafe may be the only restaurant around, but that hasn’t stopped them from making some crazy good country cookin’!

The Top 5 is bigger in Texas.

Ken Gerhard
Ken’s Books
City of Uncertain, TX
Texas Tourism
Texas Bigfoot Research Center
Shady Glade Resort
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Outro Music by Jade Bird

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119 – Aberdeen Wild Man – Joppatowne, MD

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Harley and Brett finally let Amy out of the dungeon. On this week’s episode, Amy, Brett and Harley get all dolled up for a night on the town in Joppatowne, Maryland.

Amy has a lost love connection with author Frank J. Bennett. Frank is a sexy man, but he also had some seriously strange encounters with a creature called the Aberdeen Wildman near Joppatowne.

What is the Aberdeen Wildman?

Who is the Aberdeen Wildman’s tailor? I’d like to meet his tailor.

How hot was Frank Bennett in his teens?

Maryland is all about the water and so are we. From nationally acclaimed aquariums to harbor cruises, if you like the ocean, you will LOVE Maryland.

Dr. Gloom’s Crypt of Curiosities in the back of Protean Books & Records may be one of the strangest museums we have ever found.

Diablo Donuts will fill you with happy feelings. From their crack-like hot cocoa donut to their nitro coffee, you are sure to be in breakfast heaven.

How do you break the seal of trust with the paranormal?

The Top 5 may just be a plea for Old Bay seasoning to become a Travel Oddities Sponsor….

Joppatowne, Maryland

Chamber of Commerce

Dr. Glooms

Protean Books

Diablo Doughnuts

Frank J. Bennett

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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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