Sprawled out over 4,246 acres within the U.S. state of Massachusetts is the Leominster State Forest, close to the cities of Leominster, Fitchburg, Princeton, Sterling, and Westminster. The park is understood for its intensive trails, making it in style for hikers, in addition to for its considerable wildlife and quite a few ponds, attracting many guests coming to benefit from the nice outside. Nevertheless, along with the pristine wilderness, the world has through the years develop into a wellspring of reviews of UFOs, Bigfoot, and excessive strangeness.
A lot of the unusual phenomena reported from right here revolve round a forested space of South Leominster, sitting inside the Leominster State Forest the close to Outdated Mill Bridge and Jungle Highway, which has gained the quite apt nickname of “Monsterland.” In line with native historian and Leominster native Ronny Le Blanc, the world has been a hotspot of Bigfoot sightings going again all the best way to 1884, with early settlers even complaining that the creatures would assault and kill livestock. The tales actually picked up within the Fifties, and Le Blanc has stated of this:
What I began noticing is that there was numerous actions and tales in and round Leominster State Forest, which connects to Monsterland by means of the powerlines. A whole lot of the locals that grew up right here used to name it ‘Monstah-land.’ It goes again to the ‘50s and there was a gentleman that supposedly disappeared after seeing a wierd creature by Outdated Mill Highway. There may be one story particularly of a person, again within the Fifties, who was within the space of Outdated Mill Highway, and had an encounter with one thing unexplained. He drove to the place Miranda’s Pub on Lancaster Avenue is now, and advised the bartender there to name the cops. He noticed one thing within the woods there that frightened him. He waited for some time, and when the police didn’t present up rapidly, he advised the bartender that he was going again to the little bridge and see if he might discover this creature once more, and kill it. When the police confirmed up, they had been despatched to the world, and all they discovered was the man’s automotive, with the headlights on and the door open, and no signal of the person. Rumor has it the person was by no means seen once more. I’ve carried out some digging and there’s no lacking individual from that point interval that basically matches up with it, however that’s the place the legend began. There are individuals who’ve stated they’ve seen one thing, others say they’ve had issues thrown at them whereas they’ve been on the market. It’s simply fascinating to me that it’s proper right here on the town, and so many tales from approach again are nonetheless being talked about.
Le Blanc has had his personal encounters with the unexplained within the space as nicely, starting from when he was simply 12 years outdated. He says of his first initiation into the world of the bizarre right here:
Earlier than they put Samoset Center Faculty there, there was a bunch of tracks that may hook up with Monsterland that may go to the sand dunes the place individuals would go partying and other people had reported seeing unusual issues, UFOs, shadow individuals, unusual beings, balls of sunshine, you identify it. There was one specific observe I at all times used to keep away from. It at all times had a really darkish, ominous feeling to it. It might be a phenomenal day, and also you look down this factor and it regarded darkish. There have been two timber on both facet. It simply felt like this prehistoric gate welcoming me into this place. I begin happening this path with my bike and I simply might hear the bike squeaking and I seen there are not any different sounds within the forest. Nothing. The path simply had a sense to it. So I used to be there, and unexpectedly I noticed there was no sound, no animal or hen life, simply these two enormous timber and had been like a doorway. There was no life there in any respect. I used to be standing there with my toes on the bottom, and unexpectedly, the quiet was a loud noise. At that second, one thing crashed by means of the woods proper in entrance of me and I might really feel it reverberating within the soles of my toes. To me it seemed like an elephant crashing within the woods proper close to me. It was pushing timber and shrubs, went throughout the path and onto the opposite facet. However I couldn’t see something. That’s what was disturbing. I used to be so scared and I couldn’t transfer. As soon as it stopped, I pedaled out of there so quick, and by no means went again.
Apparently, based on Le Blanc there have been quite a few reviews of individuals equally listening to one thing giant crashing by means of the timber and even seeing the comb get pushed apart, but been unable to see what it’s inflicting it. Le Blanc has theorized that no matter is behind such sightings is maybe cloaking itself or can dematerialize at will. This might maybe level to Bigfoot being one thing greater than a big, undiscovered organic entity, and he has stated of this:
I’d say Bigfoot is one thing that’s extra interdimensional, nearly spiritual-kind of a realm that has the power to present itself. I began off chasing an ape, a flesh-and-blood animal and now I’m considering it’s one thing else. As you dig deeper into Bigfoot, you’re begin speaking about cloaking and the truth that they’ll vanish earlier than individuals’s eyes. And these tales return tons of of years the place unexpectedly, a posse has this creature cornered and the tracks simply disappear in open subject, like one thing simply got here and picked it up and took it away. So all these tales begin to intertwine and I began to return and I went ‘(Expletive)! A whole lot of these persons are speaking about these related encounters that I had. So there’s a perception that Bigfoot may very well be alien or interdimensional. And it sounds loopy, like one thing in science fiction, however when you consider it, now we have this preconceived notion that an alien must be grey or inexperienced. Individuals have seen Bigfoot holding an orb. They seem like a basketball with plasma swirling round and so they’re silent. I’ve simply seen them hovering over the sky and simply blink out and disappear. There are numerous completely different theories about Bigfoot however the actuality is one thing is occurring. Individuals are seeing them. They’re leaving tracks.
This will likely or will not be tied to all the different unusual phenomena reported from the world, together with floating orbs of sunshine and UFOs. Le Blanc himself has had a UFO sighting through which he noticed the define of a big creature surrounded by a halo of sunshine, and which he believes was a Bigfoot. Apparently, within the Nineteen Sixties the world skilled an enormous wave of UFO sightings, which simply occurred to have coincided with a rise in Bigfoot sightings as nicely. Le Blanc says of this:
There was an enormous UFO wave in 1967 in Central Mass. Individuals had been seeing UFOs over ponds and lakes and there was a girl in Fitchburg saying there are UFOs popping out of the reservoir. After I began researching, I discovered that Betty Andreasson had this factor occur down on Howard Avenue, in Leominster, with this ball of sunshine hit her head and this psychological telepathy and these grey aliens, and different stuff occurring within the forests in Westminster and South Ashburnham. Throughout this time, this space was additionally getting a wave of Bigfoot sightings and reviews from the state police.
There have additionally been ghosts and even a spectral white bear seen within the space, in addition to quite a few reviews of hikers experiencing mysterious bouts of disorientation or lacking time, and it’s all sufficient to make one surprise simply what’s going on right here. Is there some unknown high quality of “Monsterland” that causes these unusual phenomena to gravitate in direction of it? Some imagine that it’s maybe the results of vitality strains operating by means of, or maybe the presence of a “skinny spot” between completely different dimensions, with one Susan McNeill Spuhler, the six-year organizer of the Better New England UFO Convention, commenting on the world:
Leominster is an space that has an important many vortices and portals. There are particular energetic strains that run across the earth. And Leominster, from what I’ve studied over time, has a sure energetic high quality to it.
Le Blanc himself has no thought why, even suggesting that we aren’t meant to know, and has within the meantime managed to boost fairly a little bit of consciousness in regards to the paranormal elements of the world. He has written two books on the weirdness of Leominster State Forest, referred to as Monsterland: Encounter with UFOs, Huge Foot and Orange Orbs and its sequel, Monsterland: Encounters with Shamans, Sasquatch, Synchronicity and Excessive Strangeness, and he has additionally appeared on the Journey Channel collection, Expedition Bigfoot, Discovering Bigfoot, and In Search of Monsters. What’s going on at this place? Are there forces past our understanding converging right here to create a maelstrom of weirdness? Maybe portals and tunnels off into the unknown? Or is that this simply legend and delusion? Who is aware of? Regardless of the case could also be, it definitely appears to be a spot with its share of strangeness, and appears to be a areas to keep watch over.