Upstate New York has its fair share of weird, unusual and even paranormal sites. Some sites are hidden or can only be found through urban legends and folklore, but one park in Northern New York has posted a sign to put their paranormal park on the map.
Historic Thompson Park in Watertown is one that is seemingly unassuming. It contains a zoo, pavilions, tennis courts, trails, and — a paranormal vortex which reportedly transports visitors to another time and space only to return them confused and disoriented.
According to Hauntedhistorytrail.com, eyewitnesses to the phenomenon have reported that the location of the vortex has moved throughout the park over the past century. Mysterious disappearances and reappearances have been legend since the park opened in 1905, NNY Living also reports.
In 2013, Watertown officials installed a sign to make it official, proclaiming a spot in the park as Watertown’s Area 51: Thompson Park Vortex.
What could be the cause? The Shadow Chasers of New York were asked in 2007 to bring their paranormal investigative gear to the park to see what they could find. They reported individual bands of electromagentic fields (EMF) which formed a grid in the park.
They reported that exposure to EMF can cause all sorts of side effects, from headaches, nausea, and hallucinations. The Shadow Chasers hypothesized that high EMF exposure was causing confusion and hallucinations, leading people to believe that they had traveled to the past.
Those who believe in the supernatural phenomena have their theories bolstered by the fact that in declassified information, Area 51 in Nevada was given the name the “Watertown Strip,” so called as the director of the CIA at the time was Allen Dulles, a Watertown native.
Whatever the reason may be, if you want to find a little escape from the present, a trip to Watertown’s Thompson Park might do the trick.
Want to continue your tour of the spooky and sublime? Head to the nearby Paddock Mansion Museum in Watertown where tour participants are said to have experienced the ghost of one of its original residents.
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