Photo Finish Friday

This week’s offering is a shot through the windshield of my rental car of a stretch of Bray Road, a short stretch of country road near Elkhorn, WI.

The significance of this is that Bray Road is famous for The Beast of Bray Road, a critter some think may be a Bigfoot, or even, , a werewolf! From Wikipedia:

The Beast of Bray Road (or the Bray Road Beast) is a cryptozoological creature first reported in the 1980s on a rural road outside of Elkhorn, Wisconsin. The same label has been applied well beyond the initial location, to any unknown creature from southern Wisconsin or northern Illinois that is described as having similar characteristics to those reported in the initial set of sightings.

Bray Road itself is a quiet country road near the community of Elkhorn. The rash of claimed sightings in the late 1980s and early 1990s prompted a local newspaper, the Walworth County Week, to assign reporter Linda Godfrey to cover the story. Godfrey initially was skeptical, but later became convinced of the sincerity of the witnesses. Her series of articles later became a book titled The Beast of Bray Road: Trailing Wisconsin’s Werewolf.

I’ve read the book, and it covers more than just the Bray Road sightings, but a history of sightings in that part of the country; throughout Wisconsin in particular, and into Michigan. These sightings continue today, and author Linda Godfrey, who I’ve had fun exchanging messages with via twitter on several occasions, does a great job keeping up with these stories.

So Sunday when I flew into Milwaukee I took the opportunity to drive out and visit Bray Road. I drove up and down it in daylight, then again after dark, hoping to see something . . . but the only beast out there that evening was me. I was kind of disappointed.

The skeptical inquirer may ask with a smirk, “You don’t really believe in this stuff, do you?” and I will answer, “Of course I do! Life is more fun that way. . . . ”

Photo Finish Friday is the brainchild of writer/blogger Leah J. Utas.

5 thoughts on “Photo Finish Friday”

  1. >Enjoyed this. Jung would say (I think) that the collective belief in something as true makes it true, since it has the same impact on the imagination as scientifically proven fact.

  2. >Well, there you have it, Ron. I figure if people can believe Jesus rode dinosaurs then I can believe in a werewolf that raids buckets of fried chicken along a country road, right?

  3. >Thanks very much Chris. It is actually a nation-wide phenomenon as shown in 2 newer books (Hunting the American Werewolf and The Michigan Dogman; Werewolves and Other Unknown Canines Across the USA)Bray Road was just the first reported hotspot. Last sighting there was Oct. 22 2010!

  4. >Thanks, Linda, I'll definitely check those books out.Julia and I went sea kayaking in Washington state a couple years ago, and our guide told a story of going on a Sasquatch expedition on the Olympic Peninsula. He went in as a skeptic, but his story was creepy as hell, and you could tell on his face that he was definitely a believer, and very disturbed by his experience. Ever since I've wanted to go on one too!

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