Trespassers Beware Pigman Road
Some places in this world seem destined to be the focal points of evil, and Holland Road in the western New York village of Angola might be one of them. This small, quiet, picturesque town is home to only some two thousand people, but the place has attracted multiple tragedies, multiple legends and multiple fears, Some of the these darker elements are rooted in historical fact. Others are decades-old legends that are harder to verify. But whatever the truth behind the Holland Road stories, they have given the place its more famous name- Pigman Road.
The first time this road came to be associated with death was on December 18, 1867, when a train bound for Buffalo lost its last two cars, which flipped off the track and threw fifty people to their deaths in the gorge near Holland Road. It was one of the worst train accidents of the nineteenth century. But this wreck, still known as the Angola Horror, is not the only tragedy that made Holland Road infamous.
In the 1950’s the stories say, a reclusive pig farmer lived along Holland Road. He was an ornery man who simply wanted to be left alone. But many teenagers traveled the road at night, looking for a lovers’ lane or a place to party. To dissuade them, the farmer stuck butchered pigs’ head on the spiked fence around his property. It was meant to send a clear warning – KEEP OUT! – but many teenagers took this macabre message as a challenge. They tested their own mettle and the pig farmer’s patience by sneaking onto his property to see just how far he was willing to go. One unlucky group found that the reclusive farmer was far more terrifying than they had ever dreamed.
The next band of visitors to make their way down Holland Road that night made a grisly discovery that has come to define the road ever since. The teenagers who had previously sneaked onto the pig farmers’ land were there, starring at them – but only because the farmer had decapitated the kids and mounted their heads on the spikes along his property.
As the legends goes, The Pigman then disappeared into the wilderness, never to be seen again. He has never been caught, and many believe he still lurks in the woods he always regarded as his personal dominion. Today, many people visit the area in hopes of being scared, and many report back that their efforts have succeeded beyond their wildest imagination. Reminded of both the train tragedy and the Pigman murders are often seen by those hunting for the paranormal.
People frequently report hearing the screams of the train victims pierce the night as their ghosts continue to relieve the harrowing moment of their sudden deaths. Others have told of seeing ghost trains make their way down the railroad tracks. It is not uncommon for visitors to hear train whistles or loud crashes in the distance, even when it is evident that no train is approaching.
How to Summon the Pigman
Some people have gone searching for the Pigman, and reports of these nocturnal sojourns into Pigman territory are no less freighting than the tales of the train wreck ghosts. Two bridges cross over Holland Road, and it has been a long-held belief that the Pigman’s house, with its infamous spiked fence, once stood directly between these bridges. Pigman hunters have established a set of rituals to be performed in the area between these two bridges to summon him up. One of the most popular rituals holds that visitors in a car should stop in between the two bridges with their lights off and then flash their high beams thirteen times in succession. After the thirteenth time, the murderous Pigman will emerge, and attack those in the car for bothering him.
Even without a visit from the Pigman himself, the road can be quite the terrifying place. Many visitors have heard sounds in the distance that indicate the murderer is near, including the squealing of pigs or the sharpening of knife blades. Others have found themselves unnerved just by the graffiti painted on these bridges. Legends tell that witnesses often return to the site to spray-paint accounts of their own encounters with the Pigman, so that those who don’t see the vengeful manic with their own two eyes may live vicariously through them.
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Source: Weird U.S “The Oddyssey Continues” – Your Travel Guide to America’s Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets by Mark Moran, Mark Sceurman and Matt Lake.