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State Secrets: California – The Beast Of The Buttes
In the Central Valley of Northern California, just a bit west of Yuba City, you’ll find the Sutter Buttes, the remnants of an ancient volcano. This roughly circular set of mountains is about 10 miles across and called the world’s smallest mountain range. The native people called them the “Middle Mountains”, sitting as they do between the Sierra Nevada range and the Coast Range. Most of the land comprising the Buttes is privately owned.
Since 1921, there have been reports of a strange creature roaming not only the mountains, but the the area around them. It has only ever been seen at night or during early dawn or late dusk.
The creature is humanoid in shape, but with very long arms and legs. It appears to be covered in long greenish yellow hair and has two very large eyes. The mouth is wide and does not seem to have teeth. No nose has been detected.
As far as anyone can tell, the creature is harmless to humans or livestock. It has only been sighted by perhaps 30 people in the last hundred years, and about 20 of those were people who had been drinking. No sighting has lasted longer than about 15 seconds.
With the Buttes being such a small area, you’d think that the swarms of police, federal agents and cryptid hunters would have found it by now, but there has never been a sign of tracks or excrement or any other physical evidence. So the legend, well known in the area, persists.
Now, you may be wondering where is the secret in a well known, well studied cryptid like this one. Well, to learn that, you’d have to dig deep into the Defense Department file known as “Project Visitor”. They seem to indicate that the Beast of the Buttes might be an extraterrestrial visitor that actually lives inside one of the mountains. That right there is the secret and it’s why the FBI only went out one time and made a show of investigating.
Some state secrets hide in plain sight.
The Doclopedia #1,894
State Secrets: Colorado – Rocky Mountain Highway To Hell
US Highway 40 runs through the northern portion of Colorado, coming in from Utah and going all the way to Denver. It runs right through the Rocky Mountains and millions of people drive on it every year, many of them tourists. But sometimes, bad people drive on US 40, and some of them live to regret it, because sometimes US 40 becomes a highway to hell.
The first incidence of this happening was in 1927, not long after the highway opened in 1926. David Connerly and Paul Trainor, a pair of career criminals whose crimes included robbery, assault, burglary and murder, were heading west out of Denver after robbing a gas station. Once they were on 40, they hit the gas, figuring they would turn off on 125 when they got to Granby and then head north into Wyoming. Police were on their tail, but miles back. The police in Granby were waiting for them. But they never showed up. A manhunt went on for three days, stopping when Connerly & Trainor walked into the Granby sheriff’s office, scared out of their minds and begging to be arrested.
Even before the two men could be returned to Denver, they began frantically confessing to crimes going back to their childhoods. When they weren’t confessing, they were begging God and Jesus to forgive them.
Once in Denver, the story came out that as they drove along that night, the highway “just opened up and swallowed us and we were in Hell”. They then told of spending three days being shown the tortures of the damned and being abused by demons. Then, they “fell into a pit and were back in the mortal world 5 miles outside of Granby. Their car was found a week later, parked among some trees. Both men eventually got life in prison, where they were model prisoners until the day they died.
Instances of this sort happen at least once a year along US 40. Most of the time, the visitors to Hell have long rap sheets, but once in a while, evil is exposed that was otherwise hidden, as with the various bad cops, clergymen and politicians that have smelled the brimstone.
The government of Colorado and the Feds cover up much of this, but they have also not found any explanation for it. In 1958, they brought over a team from the Vatican to check out the highway. All but two of them disappeared for three days. When they came back, they were incurably insane. The Vatican now refuses to allow any more Catholic clergy to travel on US 40.