Supernatural Magazine

Hitting The Haunted Road. Part 2

Route 666: America’s Highway To Hell.

From 1960-1964, Americans tuned into the adventures of Tod and Buz, two young men who traveled America’s fabled road to adventure on “Route 66.” Each week the two young men traveled from town to town taking odd jobs and helping people in trouble. Route 66 has long since been decommisioned making way for highways. However, some portions of the great American highway still exist especially through the deserts of the southwest.

In the deserts of Utah and Arizona there is a portion of the route that has a much sinister reputation. A portion of the road that is notorious for dealy accidents and the sightings of not only ghosts but UFOs and other highly strange strange activity. Welcome to route 666, America’s highway to hell.

In the 1960s route 666, was renamed route 181, after an Indiana business man wrote his senator staring it was bad luck to have a road shading the number of the diabolical biblical villian, the antichrist. Although the route number has been changed the bizarre stories of high strangeness has not changed. In fact, the change has seemed to up the ante of the weirdness said to occur there. And one of most frightening apparitions seen regularly is the ghost of the Mad Trucker.

The Mad Trucker was first seen shortly before the change. A business man traveling along the road late at night reported that as he was driving he saw a strange sight in the distance coming straight him. He told the local authorities thar a semi truck cane barreling down the road in excess of 150 miles per hour. That might not seem strange to some but the truck was engulfed in flames. Fearing for his life, the businessman, pulled off to the side of the road. As the fire teuck passed he said that he heard what sounded like the loud maniacal laughter of madman. When the truck vanisged, the shaken man pulled back onto the road and continued his journey.

Many road ghosts in America’s haunted folklore are called phantom hitchhikers and route 666 has one of the mist frightening on record. The Faceless Girl.

Over the years, drivers have reported seeing a frail young girl walking on the sude of the road. Believing the girl might be in dome kind of trouble, the stop and ask if she needs help. When she approaches the car her hair blows away from her face revealing her true nature, the apparition has no face. No nose, eyes or mouth a just a blank fleshy slate. When the driver pulls away at breakneck speed they watch as the bizarre specter returns to her lonely sojourn.

If apparitions of fiery trucks and faceless entities were not enough, demon dogs have been witnessed. The large nlack dogs with glowing yellow eyes and bloody fangs are said to appear out of nowhere and attack cars, shredding their tires leaving drivers stranded in the middle of nowhere.

Superstitions concerning the number of the beast aside, how and why did this stretch of lonely deserted road get such a sinister reputation? The answer to that question might lay in stories and folklore of the local Native American tribes. To them Route 666, is the path of the dreaded Skinwalker.

The Skinwalker or Yee Naaldlooshi,is a wicked shapeshifting sorcerer who is feared by the Navajo people. In fact he is so feared that the Navajo avoid talking about him at all costs. To speak of the Skinwalker is to invite him into your life.

The Navajo believe that the Skinwalker resides in the deep desert working his evil magic. Generally, Skinwalker is a threat to the local tribes but many people driving down Route 666 have reported the sinister spirit of a man appear in the back seat of their cars. He stays for a few moments and vanishes leaving behind a feeling of fear and dread.

Those who have witnessed the high strangeness of Route 666, warn non experienced drivers to drive as fast as possible without making any stops. Drive at your own risk.

Rick Hale

Rick Hale

Rick Hale has spent his life in the pursuit of the unknown after witnessing an apparition at his grandparents’ house on the north side of Chicago.

Over the past 20-plus years, Rick has been on dozens of investigations with large paranormal groups to being completely independent.