We put these urban legends to the test to see which ones hold up!
In 2015, dozens of people reported seeing a large, lion-like creature prowling the city’s North Side, and one of them captured a short video of the alleged “Milwaukee Lion.” Given the large number of witnesses, the furor became a national curiosity, and while many people dismissed the scare as nonsense, experts on big cats said a lion – but more likely a cougar – could have found its way into the city. A similar panic took hold of the city in 1961, when several people, including two police officers, reported seeing a large cat roaming the city.
For decades, the dead end of Mystic Drive in Muskego has been rumored to skirt close to a tiny village hidden in the woods with small houses and roads, a to-scale refuge for former circus-performing little people, all watched over by a full-sized, gun-toting albino man. A legend that has launched a thousand late night car rides, Haunchyville has stood as one of the area’s most persistent tall tales, but its time is about up.
The pellet-shaped fertilizer made and sold by the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District is terrific, providing nutrients without burning plants like other fertilizers do. But, considering its origin, are gardeners and golf courses spreading human scat on their greenery?
4. Oak Creek’s Road to Nowhere
Quite dramatically, East Fitzsimmons Road in Oak Creek ends in a 100-foot drop to the rough shoreline of Lake Michigan. While at least one person has driven off the cliff, Thelma-and-Louise style, these days concrete barriers a half-mile from the precipice bar entry by cars and trucks. But that doesn’t stop people from parking and walking down the road, through some sparse woods, to the cliff. Along the way, all kinds of spooky things can happen, including supposed encounters with a dead farmer who is said to have murdered his family (of course). He wanders about and occasionally chases visitors at superhuman speeds.
According to the West Bend author J. Nathan Couch, an expert in strange beasts, the countryside of Washington County is peppered with legends about a Goatman, a half-man, half-goat creature like a satyr. In particular, stories point to treacherous and secluded Hogsback Road, where Goatman is said to instigate car crashes, run off with the drivers and hang their dead bodies from trees. During the research for his book Goatman: Flesh or Folklore?, Couch remained deeply skeptical, treating the tales as folklore, until he interviewed Jason Miller, a local who said he’d encountered a large goat man in 2003 while deer hunting in Kewaskum off South Mill Road, otherwise known as Goatman Road.