Sunday, February 10, 2013

The Bermunda Triangle

Triangle UFO over the Bermunda Triangle
A Bermunda Triangle?
The "Bermunda Triangle" is another mysterious area northwest of the "North Fork Polygon". The three corners of this zone of weirdness are formed by the towns of Colfax, Grass Valley, and Nevada City.  The Grass Valley Union periodically documents these strange happenings in it's infamous "Police Blotter" section.  You can even buy a coffee cup printed with your favorite "Police Blotter" blurb.   Here's a sampling of our favorites that we call:

A Cat Named Help!

Best of Police Blotter - July 24, 2010:
  • 1:04 p.m. — A man from Ophir Street reported being drugged at work. 
  • 9:45 a.m. — A woman from the 16000 block of Clover Valley Road reported a radio was thrown into a pool. 
  • 5:41 p.m. — A caller from the 11000 block of Casci Road reported a man attempting to sell meat in the neighborhood now had his vehicle backed into another residence's driveway and when approached, began to rake. He could not be located. 
  • 9:08 p.m. — A caller from the 14000 block of Highway 49 reported a suspicious odor coming from a neighbor's compost piles. 
  • 1:11 p.m. — A caller from a business on Sacramento Street reported a woman with a mask on near an ATM. She was admonished for wearing a sun veil. 
Best of Police Blotter - July 12, 2010:
  •  8:19 a.m. — A caller from the 400 block of West Main Street reported a neighbor had piled trash between the residences that was a fire and rodent hazard
  • 2:41 p.m. — A caller from Freeman Lane reported people inside a vehicle with the shades up. It looked suspicious and the people might be up to no good
  • 7:41 p.m. — A caller from Neal Street reported a massive shopping spree” at the Salvation Army. No one was located. 
  • 7:30 p.m. — A woman from the 12000 block of Butterfly Drive reported dogs barking, with the owner home and not doing anything. She said she was going to shoot the dogs for barking and was advised not to do that. She then said she does not have a gun, but she does have rat poison she could give the dogs. She was advised that was not needed. 
  • 12:37 a.m. — A caller from the 15000 block of Lewis Road reported a person was playing a loud piano all evening. 
Best of Police Blotter - Dec 4, 2008:
  • At 10:50 p.m. Wednesday, a caller from the 200 block of Sutton Way in Grass Valley reported someone was playing with a baton on fire. The person agreed to extinguish the baton and go inside for the night. 
  • At 9:37 a.m., a caller from a business on McKnight Way reported a customer bought a breakfast burrito, ate half of it and then wanted his money back. When he did not get the money, he threw the burrito on the floor
Best of Police Blotter - August 25, 2007:
  •  "Nevada County is shaped like a Deringer pistol... Among the weapons found at crime scenes around here: a crossbow arrow, a nail gun, a sickle and a chain saw, among others." More... 
Police Blotter: April 12, 2007:
  • At 6:31 p.m., a caller from the 14000 block of Ballantree Lane reported finding an unknown substance in bags. A deputy responded. 
Best of Police Blotter - March 20, 2007:
  • A 2:10 p.m. caller from the 10000 block of Bettcher Court reported a neighbor was yelling at him. The neighbor called and said the first caller was swinging a baseball bat at his friends. The first caller then called back and said the neighbor's friends were trying to run him over. Deputies went to the scene to mediate the matter. 
  • A 9:17 a.m. caller from the 12000 block of Gayle Lane reported finding dynamite in her front yard. Responding deputies said it was a road flare. 
  • An 11:24 a.m. caller from a store on Freeman Lane said a youth came into the store and let a rat loose
Best of Police Blotter - February 22, 2007:
  • At 2:11 p.m., a caller from the 300 block of West Main Street reported a cat was stuck. Animal Control was advised. At 11:33 a.m., a woman from the 19000 block of Quail Run reported an ongoing problem with her neighbor. They were squabbling regarding animal control issues... 
  • At 2:39 p.m., a caller reported a man who lives on the 800 block of Annex Avenue was possibly on drugs and he believed worms were crawling on him. Police contacted the man. He was not on drugs... 
Best of Police Blotter - February 21, 2007:
  • At 1:04 p.m., a caller from the 200 block of South Church Street reported three juveniles were skateboarding in the street and on the steps of a church. 
  • At 2:26 p.m., a woman in the police station lobby said someone was pet-sitting her dog and would not return it. Police would follow up. 
  • At 3:18 p.m., a woman called from the hospital on Glasson Way to report she had not received food for two days. Police contacted the nursing supervisor, who would check on the woman. 
  • At 3:29 p.m., a woman called to report she watched a television show, "60 Minutes," and she was concerned for her stepfather's welfare. She had not spoken to him in more than 12 years. A deputy went to the address and determined the stepfather was staying in Colorado
  • At 4:50 p.m., a woman called from the 10000 block of Valley Drive to report a goat was taken from her property. The caller would check with her neighbors before an officer responded. 
  • At 4:53 p.m., a caller from the 17000 block of Alexandra Way reported a possible rabid skunk was running in circles and acting strange. Animal Control was advised. 
  • At 5:15 p.m., a caller from Turpentine Drive reported finding a single bullet wrapped in tape in the roadway. An officer made contact. 
The Best of Police Blotter - February 12, 2007:
  • At 10:59 a.m., a caller from the 150 block of Boulder Street reported a possible mountain lion or bear left large bite marks in a trash can; they did not appear to be the marks of a raccoon. The Nevada City Police Department responded and gave the residents a contact phone number for California Fish and Game. 
  • At 7:07 p.m., someone reported a suspicious house with plastic stapled to one side and a beeping sound coming from the residence since midnight. 
Best of Police Blotter: February 1, 2007:
  • At 2:21 p.m., a man called from the 600 block of Long Street to report people possibly were living under his house. An officer determined no one was in the basement. 
Best of Police Blotter - January 30, 2006:
  • A caller reported at 7:14 p.m. that someone was on a porch yelling "help" from a residence on Bank Street. Officers responded and learned the person was calling a cat that is named "Help."
  • At 11:42 p.m., a caller reported duct tape was across the roadway at Idaho Maryland Road and Sutton Way. Officers responded and the roadway was cleared. 
  • A woman reported at 7:33 a.m. that her home on Wendy Circle was egged the night before. 
  • At 4:20 p.m., a caller reported a man was locked in a restroom of a business and taking clothes off on the 600 block of Freeman Lane.
  • At 7:40 p.m., a caller reported a man was sitting in a gold Blazer on the 10000 block of Combie Road. The caller said the man had a computer in the vehicle with a large antennae and it seemed suspicious. 
  • A woman reported at 11:15 a.m. the theft of mail and money from the 10400 block of Robin Avenue. The woman also said someone has been tapping into her cell phone. 
  • At 12:40 p.m., a caller from Stinky Mulligan's Sports Bar and Grill reported two men were stealing bottles and urinating at the back of the business on Combie Road. 
  • At 9:49 p.m., a woman called to report that her son had witnessed a fight between two people on Horton Street and that one individual had ripped some hair out of the head of the other individual. Deputies responded and learned the second individual has a condition wherein hair falls out easily and that no crime had occurred.
  • At 9:49 p.m., a woman reported a transient was lying on her front porch requesting a blanket on the 400 block of Sacramento Street. 
  • At 2:27 a.m., a caller requested a welfare check on an employee who had not shown up for work. The caller said it was highly unusual. Officers responded to the employee's home on the 700 block of Nevada Street and learned the employee had slept through the alarm and would be calling work shortly.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Long Lost 1909 Esoteric Publishing House Post Card

This 1909 postcard, which arrived in our mailbox this month, shows the old Esoteric Society Publishing House (lower left, next to the windmill) in Applegate, California.
Here's a more recent photo of the publishing house, which was still standing in 2009:
A nearby historic marker provides more information:
The 1887 Esoteric Publishing House best seller, Solar Biology, is available for the Kindle, or available to read for free here:
High resolution scans of the post card are also available on Flickr.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Signs of the Rhymes with Thymes

You never know what mysterious signs you'll see along the trails of the North Fork Polygon.

As seen on a trail in Weimar, California

As seen on a trail in Colfax, California

As seen in the Sacramento Deltoid Area

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Critter Cam Action Update!

Skunk versus Fox!! - Meadow Vista, California

Buck-deer on his 15 minute break! - Meadow Vista, CA

Cute Fawn Babies!!! - Meadow Vista, CA

Deer Chasing Coyote!!! - Meadow Vista, California.

Friday, December 31, 2010

E-mail Round-up: 2010

We finally got permission to publish the final eight missing email letters from the year 2010:

Dear Rural Mysteries:

I want to tell my knowings but I report to know one, no one I said if they on one of them facemebooks. I gotta ton o stories and I'll just deal more intimately with the publisher if they gotta a myspacebubba, extra iffit got free pron. Until then I will NOT tell the whereabouts of this family of rainbow striped bigfeet that live near me. I even get to suck their toes. Actually I think that's how I got to get to know them so well.

I've said too much, and I've got to get over to Justin Beaver's Facemybookpuss and leave some interestin' pics of myself nudee style I hope he likes.


Dear Truth-sniffer,

Please don't be more than slightly miffed by our apparent "selling out" to the Failbook mythology.

A splinter group of semi-anonymous adventure hackers created the Fudgebook page in support of our shadow black-ops/psy-ops division. This alt-site will be used for experiments in subterfuge, misdirection, and double-reverse psycho-biology. All the truly smelly truthiness will continue to be available at


Rural Mysteries

Dear Rural Mysteries,

I was conceived on a moonlit night under a large Ponderosa Pine in 1961 within sniffing distance of the "vore" mine vortex. You all seem to think this is a big joke but I can assure you that the so-called "polygon" is real and not limited to the shape you ascribe to it. I dare you to spend the night alone in the bottom of Codfish canyon. Double dare you! I suppose I need to be a member of your society to set you-all straight as to the seriosity of all this stuff. Just ask the Russian cucumber farmer on Boole Road... (what is a "Boole"? look it up!).... ask them if you can....but you can't... hahahahahahah. I'm making this sound like a joke but I'm not kidding at all.

Hey, Rural Mysteries, so glad I stumbled upon all y'all! Fascinating stuff.


Robert P. Johnson
a.k.a. Rattlesnake Cutthroat Johnson
author of "Thirteen Moons: A Year in the Wilderness"

Dear Rural Mysteries,

No phenomenon to report, but last night my husband and I watched a large mountain lion casually walk up our road (off Dawn Ridge North / Colfax) and sit, then lay down for another 15 minutes. There are lots of fawns being born, so I would assume that is what is bringing the cougar here. Any other sightings from anyone out there?

Dear Rural Mysteries,

I am part of a paranormal team in Clovis and we have investigated in Oakhurst, Raymond and Coarsegold. Have you any suggestions for a investigations in North fork?

Thank You

Dear Rural Mysteries

I am Gene Markley's cousin and he was surprised and amused to know that he was an inspiration...

Lisa Brake

Dear Rural Mysteries,

Hi, I am fascinated by some of the things I have read on line about you and your mysterious finds. Do you have anything published that i could purchase?? I would love to accompany you some day.. Do you offer paid expeditions?? I am not extremely wealthy,but I am well off enough to be an investigator full time. Yes I know a "bandwagon ghost hunter" you must hear from a lot of them. But i would be willing to do leg work,grunt work,whatever. I feel my intuition and intelligence would be an asset,not to mention good looks,master manipulation and above all, I am humble..HA!

But seriously,Books to buy??And also are you familiar with the"green children" found in the UK years ago???

thanks for taking the time to respond

Dear Rural Mysteries staff:

This is the first time I have heard of this group. I did not know it existed.

I have been independently investigating Snakehead Point for over a decade, based on the discoveries of Harold Freeman. Harold Freeman, I believe, was the fellow who discovered the Snakehead Point pyramid, back in the mid-late 1950's.

While teaching the first class in the country on the UFO phenomena at Williams College in the Berkeley Hills - - a small private college that closed circa 1964 - - he received "transmissions" indicating that there was some power point up at Snakehead Point in the North Fork canyon. Over the next few decades, Freeman led about half a dozen trips down into the gorge, with an entourage of psychics. They would camp on the old abandoned stone platform on the north side of the North Fork, facing the exposed rock face. And some of his psychics would astral project at night and enter the inner parts of the pyramid.

According to Freeman, the pyramid is actually several million years old. It was built by extraterrestrials when this Earth literally was a "planet of the apes." The pyramid is partially buried by andesite lava flows that flowed down the canyon between one and two million years ago. The pyramid is actually used even today as an energy beacon directing UFO's either entering or leaving our Earth's gravitational pull. The pyramid has a series of ritual and initiatory chambers inside it, according to Freeman.

Mr. Freeman, who passed away in the mid 1990's - - I was one of the last people to visit him in the hospital in Morgan Hill - - had a lot of high level connections - - including people in Hollywood. I think the story of Snakehead Point is the basis of a made for TV movie that appeared in the nineties (or late eighties?) based on the exact scenario described above. Probably Freeman's followers were responsible for drafting the script.

Mr. Freeman also told me that some of the ancient orbs found in mine tunnels underneath the pyramid are in private hands - - with people who reside in Volcano. There are actually two Mother Lode hamlets called "Volcano," so I don't know which one it would be. I went up to Forest Hill several years ago, in an attempt to discover if locals were aware of the local mystery spot. No one I talked to - - even members of the Forest Hill Historical Society - - had heard of it. And posters I placed on bulletin boards in the town did not elicit any answers.

I have been down to the bottom of the canyon twice, and once made the ascent to the top of Snakehead Point. Did not get dizzy, however. Camped down there for several nights, and experienced certain phenomena and visions, during meditation and prayer. So I have been framing a possible story for publication about Snakehead Point for several years now.

So during the decade I knew Mr. Freeman, he was too weak to make the difficult, rugged descent into Green Valley. We did make it by car to another important California power point - - and a favorite of his - - the Painted Rock of California. It was his only visit to the site, although he had been talking about it to his disciples for years.

I am very glad I have found this site.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Trophy Cam Critter Update

Our Meadow Vista night-vision robotic motion sensor camera has been pretty busy lately. These pictures were automatically taken in September and October 2010. There are definitely advantages (and disadvantages) to knowing what the local fauna are doing late at night and early in the morning when you're not looking.

Some of the forest creatures are pretending to be super cute!!

Kissing Deer

Cute Fawn Baby

But some night creatures are not quite-so-cute (or they forget that they're on camera):

Deer Licking

Deer Scratching

Coyote Squatting

See our full gallery of trophy-cam photos at our popular Rural Mysteries Flickr Page.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Inovative Deer Wrangling Techniques

This really happened, and it happened by accident. Really.

Here's the series of events, as best as we can piece them together, that led to what you're seeing in these mysterious pictures:
  1. A semi-anonymous Meadow Vista resident disconnected one end of a dog-run and coiled the cable next to a tree in a flower garden in his side yard.
  2. A few years later, a hungry and distracted buck decided to eat some plants from the flower bed.
  3. When the full and satisfied deer started to leave for another neighbors garden, he notices a tugging on his antlers.
  4. Soon, the human heard the struggling and noticed that one end of his dog-run was still attached to the tree, but the other end of the cable was tangled in the rack of a humongous buck's antlers!
  5. The human called his neighbor and said, "I think we're going to need a bigger boat... load of courage and ingenuity to untangle this buck."
Stay tuned for part six of this story...