Strange places exist all over the world, and that's a fact. These are places that support unexplainable phenomena, events that seem to defy all scientific law and unravel mysteries that still have yet to be solved. While the advances in technology see to it that many of these mysteries do not go unsolved, there's still one place that puzzles all who learn of it: The Bennington Triangle.
This unusual location was compared to the Massachusetts Bridgewater Triangle in 1992 by Joseph A. Citro, a New England author. This is also where the name 'Bennington Triangle' first appeared, as the conclusion was drawn that the mysteries the two shared were seemingly similar.
So, is the Bennington Triangle really Vermont's version of Bermuda?
To some, the Bennington Triangle is the absolute epitome of the Bermuda Triangle in Vermont. Between its disappearances and unexplained phenomena, including its deeply-rooted origins in Native American lore, it could definitely be argued that something sinister exists there. However, there are perfectly rational explanations for some of the things that have occurred in the Bennington Triangle, as well. Whether or not it is something as unexplained as the Bermuda Triangle or simply just an area prone to unfortunate events still remains to be seen.
The Early Native American Lore Of The Bennington Triangle
Long before there were towns scattered throughout Bennington and before any disappearances or paranormal activity, the area belonged to the Abenaki tribe. Thie Abenaki was part of the Algonquin nation, who had their own firm beliefs about the area. Of the lore they had regarding the mountain, it was believed that their god, Tabaldak, also dwelled at the summit of Glastenbury Mountain. According to Grunge, this isn't the only belief that the Abenaki felt strongly about regarding Glastenbury. It's a well-known fact that the wind in this area is volatile depending on the conditions, and this is partially what fueled the Abenaki belief that the mountain was cursed. Along with the four winds contradicting one another at the summit of the mountain, the Abenaki also believed there was a 'man-eating rock' that lived there, eager to consume any person who stepped foot upon it.
- Fact: Glastenbury Mountain was wholly ignored and avoided by the Abenaki tribes, with the exception of the burial ground that they'd created at its base. Part of the reason for keeping their distance from the mountain may have had to do with legends of creatures that also lived in the woods on Glastenbury.
The Fated Ghost Town Of Glastenbury
The town of Glastenbury had reached its peak with a population of 241 during the 19th century but was fated to a tragic end. Not only were there multiple crimes that were left unsolved but it was also flooded in its entirety less than a decade after its heyday founding.
Of the Glastenbury crimes that were never solved, their causes remained a mystery, as well. When taking the life of a co-worker, one man described hearing 'voices' that told him to do so. In another case, one man lost his life despite the fact that, at the time, he had an ample amount of protection at his disposal.
As seemingly soon as it began, the town of Glastenbury was once again absorbed into the 27,000 acres of mountain woodland on which it sat.
The Six Disappearances In The Bennington Triangle
To this day, a majority of details regarding the six major disappearances in the Bennington Triangle are still undetermined. These took place between the years 1945 and 1950, almost right after the town of Glastenbury was finally disincorporated by the state of Vermont. The first was a man named Carl Herrick, who was hunting with his cousin just northeast of Glastenbury Mountain. After Herrick went missing, the authorities were alerted only to find his body, which was determined to have been 'squeezed.'
The disappearances that followed included experienced hunter and hiker Middle Rivers, who disappeared without a trace near what is now the Long Trail. To this day, there are still few clues that tell authorities what may have happened. Following that, a college student named Paula Weldon set out to hike the Long Trail and never returned - her disappearance is still unsolved.
The next disappearance is perhaps the one that stumps the most people, surrounding a man named James Tedford. His last known whereabouts were actually on a bus, full of people, heading to Bennington. Witnesses claim that he never exited the bus, although all of his belongings were still there when it arrived in town. The final disappearance was a boy named Paul Jepson, who was working on his family farm in the Bennington area when he seemingly disappeared. There was nothing left behind and no clues regarding where he went, however, his family surmised that it was into the Glastenbury Mountain forest.
Is There Any Truth To The Bennington Triangle?
It seems like anything from Sasquatch sightings to UFO activity is a viable explanation for the things that occur within the Bennington Triangle, in which Glastenbury Mountain sits at its heart. However, there is one common thread throughout many of these disappearances and incidents, and that is the color red. With two of those involved in the string of disappearances having worn red, it's become somewhat of a legend that those heading to the spot should avoid doing it, themselves. Additionally, many of the disappearances and strange activities take place in the late afternoon, between 3 PM and 4 PM, but this is also not much to go on.
When it comes down to it, the best possible explanation for the Bennington Triangle is simply its unique weather pattern. With a densely wooded area that's vast in its expansion, coupled with unusual wind patterns that have been known to disorient hikers, it's not unusual that people might become lost or turned around. Additionally, the woods are home to predatory animals and, while encounters are incredibly rare, it's not out of line to think this may have been the cause for some incidents, as well.