Urban Legends of the Shoals

Mr. Tate, that's what I really love about our local legends. There are always two or three, and it's fun reading and hearing all of them. The older you are, the more you have heard. I love it! I want to hear more about LaGrange. Those stories have been going on for so many years.
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Originally posted by Larry Tate:
Here's an urban legend I've always wondered about. Are there really catfish as big as VW bugs in Wilson Lake?


Oh, that's a good one. I've always wondered that myself. I've heard that since they're not very mobile fishies and can't go find food, they just sit at the bottom and wait for the food to come to them. Chomp! Big Grin
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Originally posted by Just_:
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Someone, please refresh my memory on how the city of Muscle Shoals was misspelled but has been accepted. It should have been Mussel. How or who decided to keep the mistake in the city's name?


It was not misspelled. Before Wilson Dam and the other dams along the TN River were built, barge traffic had to be done by pushing the boats along with poles, thus, one had to use muscle power to get past the shoals.
....Oh, my bad, I always thought shoals was where the river and the once sandy beach met. Many mussels made this place their home,and have thought all this time the name was originally intended to be Mussel Shoals. Well, so much for legends. LOL


You're right. The area is named for the river mussels. Native Americans used to harvest the mussels from the river shoals. At one time they were plentiful. However, the name was misspelled.
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Originally posted by Larry Tate:
Here's an urban legend I've always wondered about. Are there really catfish as big as VW bugs in Wilson Lake?


Grumpy heard a story about two divers sent to check out the **** that saw catfish big enough to swallow them whole.Said they would quit their job, before going back down there.
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Originally posted by PapaTim00:
yes, devil worshipers used to have black masses there


and LaGrange
.....Yes, I would like to hear more stories about LaGrange.


I like the story of the cemetary at LaGrange.
Suppost to contain all the chemicals necessary to petrify the bodies buried there.
If that's the case What kind of Grave recycling comes to mind?
Imagine the statue garden for Halloween!!!
Indians first inhabited the lands bordered by the Tennessee River that we call the Shoals area today. No one knows when the name Muscle Shoals was first used for this area, however, there are many theories of where the name originated. One theory is that at one time there were piles of mussel shells found along the shoals in the Tennessee River. Another theory is that the shape of the river looks like the muscle in a man’s arm, therefore, Muscle Shoals. The last theory comes from several booklets that were published before Muscle Shoals incorporated. This theory states: “Muscle Shoals, the Niagara of the South, derives its name from the Indians, who, attempting to navigate upstream, found the task almost impossible because of the strong current.” Thus came the word muscle, symbolic of the strength required to “paddle a canoe up the rapids.” The Shoals area, including Florence, Sheffield, and Tuscumbia, was first known as the Muscle Shoals district.
http://www.cityofmuscleshoals.com/Default.asp?ID=11
If it was, there had to be a hundred of them all with torches in their hands. And they always met on a certain day at the beginning of each month and they always circled around something. That was probably 25 years ago or so. They looked to big to be just kids.
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Originally posted by HARLEY FLSTS:
If it was, there had to be a hundred of them all with torches in their hands. And they always met on a certain day at the beginning of each month and they always circled around something. That was probably 25 years ago or so. They looked to big to be just kids.

Were they dressed in white queen size fitted sheets?
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Originally posted by Larry Tate:
If you want to know the real answer about the Forks, Lynn, ask Harry Wallace. I would say he is the regional expert on the place. An Athens historian named Faye Axford also researched the Forks of Cypress before it was struck by lightning in 1966.


I'll tell you an interesting story. My dad used to go out to Cypress Creek quite often. He was out there when the Forks was burning and actually stopped to see the flames. He had a camera lying in his car and never thought to take a picture until later. We're all still kicking him over that one.
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Originally posted by PapaTim00:
yes, devil worshipers used to have black masses there


and LaGrange


On the river at the end of Lambs Ferry Road in Rogersville. When we were in highschool, late 70's there were devil worshipers there. It was a thing for the guys to leave Piggly Wiggly parking lot were we hung out and go throw rocks at them. It is said they were chased by them at times.
in franklin county there are quiet a few....for instance
1) aunt jenny johnson a woman that lived in Bankhead national forest. her husband and sons were killed so she got revenge and killed all the people that harmed her family. it's said if u go there at night you will see her.
2) crybaby bridge in russellville they say if u put a candy bar on the bridge it will disappear and u can hear a baby crying.
3) Henry hill in mount hope if u park at the bottom of the hill your car will roll uphill...that's true i've did it before.
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Originally posted by Hott_moma:
in franklin county there are quiet a few....for instance
1) aunt jenny johnson a woman that lived in Bankhead national forest. her husband and sons were killed so she got revenge and killed all the people that harmed her family. it's said if u go there at night you will see her.
2) crybaby bridge in russellville they say if u put a candy bar on the bridge it will disappear and u can hear a baby crying.
3) Henry hill in mount hope if u park at the bottom of the hill your car will roll uphill...that's true i've did it before.


I've heard of that bridge. I'd be more interested in finding some free candy bars lying around,though...lol.
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Anybody remember Crazy Anita??? She lived on Raleigh ave in Sheff.


Yea, and what about Maw Pounders up on Colbert Heights Mountain?
Dont think that was urban legend lol..... that was more of a staple in the alcohol community.

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