A terrifying lighthouse, speedy treasure hunters and a paranormal ghost town – High Country News – Know the West

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A picturesque lighthouse near Cannon Beach on the Oregon coast is on sale for just $6.5 million. the Astorian reports. But before you start thinking, “Wow, great site for an Airbnb,” you should know that it is part of the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex and is protected by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a sanctuary for sea lions and seabirds. Also, it’s practically inaccessible without a helicopter; the lighthouse has been nicknamed “Terrible Tilly”, if that’s any indication. The last time owner Mimi Morissette showed up, she never made it out of the cabin; there were “many sea lions blocking the way”. Morissette and her business partners purchased the property in 1980 in hopes of creating a more permanent resting place than an Airbnb: “Eternity At Sea” is now a columbarium, with 31 burial urns. There’s room for another 300,000 if the new owners decide to renew their license, which, like the lighthouse tenants, has expired. Morissette couldn’t renew it for several reasons – vandals broke in sometime in the 1990s, for example, and made off with two urns. KMUN reported that Morissette met with potential buyers, including a major brokerage and cemetery consultancy. Even if families with helicopter problems can’t visit their loved ones directly, there’s still plenty to do nearby, Morissette said — horseback riding on the beach, salmon fishing, hiking in Ecola State Park. Everything sounds heavenly to us.

Wolverines are as elusive as sasquatches and unicorns, rarely seen and even more rarely photographed. However, unlike unicorns and sasquatches, they do exist. ABC News reports that, according to the National Wildlife Foundation, the animal’s southernmost area touches Yellowstone National Park, although “less than 10 wolverines are thought to call Yellowstone and its 2.2 million acres home.” ”. In March, Nick Nowak spotted the stealthy creature near Tractor Supply in Lewiston, Montana, counting MTN News: “I saw him in a field and I turned around and I saw him running down the road and I caught that video of him running away.” The Fergus County Sheriff’s Office dutifully reported, “Wolverine was driven out of town and away from us.” A few days later, NBC News reported that MacNeil Lyons, operator of Yellowstone Insight, a tour company, spotted a wolverine, calling the encounter “phenomenal.” While it is uncertain what the increase in sightings means, some good pictures were taken and strong medicine was administered.

Utah is not known for gold rushes; their biggest strike came in 1864 at Bingham Canyon, where placers brought in about $1.5 million, though gold disappeared by 1900. Then, in 2020, at the start of the pandemic, John Maxim and David Cline had an idea. desert news reported that Maxim and Cline decided to use their COVID-19 stimulus checks to help people in need, stashing $5,000 in cash and silver coins in a chest and burying it in a hole in the woods. They then posted a “poem” on their Instagram accounts, with clues detailing the whereabouts of the chest. At the time, they joked that they would end up digging it up themselves, as no one else would be interested. But they got a shock: in just four days, 8 million Instagram impressions were recorded and the treasure was found. Cline said: “We seriously underestimated people’s brilliance.” Inspired, they planned another hunt this past June with a $10,000 pot and more difficult clues. This second treasure hunt only lasted 17 days. His third attempt last September jumped to a prize pool of $20,000, with half the amount sponsored by a local company. This summer, they are planning a fourth hunt. Given how bright the spotlight has become – and how much the pot has grown – all would-be treasure hunters should hit the hills sooner rather than later.

Western ghost towns have always had a quirky appeal. Gunslinger Gulch, a ghost town and ranch outside of Anaconda, Montana, recently launched its own series on the Travel Channel. The Ghost Town Terror will highlight unexplained activities on the 52-acre property, home to Karen Broussard and her three children. Paranormal investigators Tim Wood and Sapphire Sandalo spent several weeks there after the family reported voices and footsteps, doors opening and closing, and “people” walking past windows, MontanaRightNow.com reported. The researchers hope to determine whether the frightening energy comes from the land, buildings, or family. If that sounds like a kick in the pants, Gunslinger Gulch is also an inn. But real ghosts aren’t guaranteed, so BYOG: Bring your own ghosts.

Tiffany Midge is a citizen of the Standing Rock Nation and was raised by wolves in the Pacific Northwest. her book, Bury my heart at Chuck E. Cheese’s (Bison Books, 2019), was nominated for a Washington State Book Award. She resides in north central Idaho, near the Columbia River Plateau, home of the Nimiipuu.

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