Fayetteville, Arkansas is the gateway to the Ozarks, a region of strange and mysterious events. From UFOs to ghosts, to our own famous cryptic, the Ozark Howler, we have more than our fair share of the paranormal!
According to Haunted Fayetteville, the following locations are known by local folk for ghostly sightings:
- Inn at Carnall Hall,- Tilly Willy Bridge- The Beel Mansion- The Station Cafe- Radar Road- Pea Ridge- Basin Park Hotel- Crescent Hotel- Cherokee County Courthouse
Ozark Howler Sketch - Fayetteville Observer, 1951
Eyewitness sketch of the Ozark Howler from Fayetteville Observer, with bison-like characteristics
What's interesting about the above eyewitness sketch of the Ozark Howler, from the mid-20th century and so predating many of the later descriptions upon which much speculation among our neighbors has been based, is that the person who saw the Ozark Howler drew it with drooping ears and horns (though cats and bears do not have horns at all), and with a shaggy face and distinctive hump. Think. What large North American animal has a shaggy hump? A bison! The Ozark Howler may in fact be a remnant population of the eastern woodland buffalo, once common but now presumed extinct. The distinctive howl of the Ozark Howler may actually be the bugle of the male woodland buffalo in rut!