posted on Apr, 12 2004 @ 01:41 AM
Well, not sure how to start this, and the title is really accurate; and I couldn't think of a good title for what I'm about to type. But I'll give
it a shot and hop my thoughts work out to print favorably.
Growing up in Montana, with a large Native (Native American, American Inidan, Indian, Native-American Indian.. etc..)population I've been exposed to
one, somewhat popular, or widespread belief, or myth. And that is, that not far out of my town (Missoula) there is a place where evil spirits gather,
or originate. It used to be common knowledge amongst the natives that this was a place of evil, and that that evil also leaked into Missoula. I know
one guy who's grandfather believed this, and I'll tell you the limited bit of info I could get from him ( I am no longer in contact with him, so I
can't really get anymore; and I can't find anything on the internet about this particular place.) But first some of the background beliefs I've
heard about this place.
Missoula is set in a valley along the Clark Fork river. The mountains to the east at the edge of the valley create the Hell's Gate Canyon. Along
these two mountains (Mount Sentinal, and Mount Jumbo) created a great ambush point for the natives to attack anything coming along the river. Which is
how the canyon got the name of Hell's Gate. From what I understand if the natives that inhabited this area, did not want you to live while traveling
down this river, you didn't.
One of the theories I've heard about the myth is that the souls or spirits that of those that died in the canyon, were drawn too and congregated at
this place. (Which while I have never gotten specific directions or locations, I believe to be Ovando Hill; I'll assume I'm right, and refer to it
as such for the rest of this post.) And that these spirits, while they congregate at this hill, they will, and do come down into the Missoula valley
to do their best to torment those that killed them, and now that they are gone, torment whoever it is that is in the valley now. (Lucky for me.. I
live about 5 minutes walk from the river, and about 15 to 20 minutes walk from the canyon itself. Perhaps it is not so lucky :p) This theory on the
myth seems to be the most popular one that I hear.
The other most popular theory to what causes the evil spirits is that there is actually a portal to the demon/spirit/whatever world on the hill.
Nothing caused it, it just became a natural point at which the evil spirits would break out from their world into ours, thus it has alot of activity,
and makes the nearby town, and before that popular camp site for the natives, and before that popular grazing and hunting ground for many animals. The
valley has pretty much always been an ideal place for animals, inlcuding humans. Protection from tornado's and massive wind storms by mountains on
all sides. Plenty of water, and plants, and most of the mountains have pine all over them, making for a good shelter, etc.
So perhaps the evil spirits picked the hill for a reason, people could use the valley, but their portal would be near by for whatever reason they need
to come and be evil in our world.
Now those two bits of background info aside, I'll get on to the main point and story. This guy I know, was not born in Missoula. However when his
grandfather learned that he intended on moving here, he insisted that he didn't. And told him stories of how this place was crawling with evil
spirits. He told him a bunch of stuff about what the evil spirits did to people who lived in Missoula. Unfortuanatly my friend simply paraphrased it
for me, and I've simply forgotten what he said.
Anyway my friend decided he was going to prove his grandfather wrong. Went exactly up to where his grandpa said the evil spirits originated from, and
was going to camp out there for a weekend; and prove that nothing was wrong up there.
My friends account of this is that once he was up there, in the day time he just always heard wood creaking alot more than it should. Almost like
there was a strong wind blowing through the trees and making them creak as if they were going to fall over. However there was but a gentle breeze. He
felt he was always being watched, (I know probably quite a few of you have experianced that feeling, and it can be quite eery; especially when you are
supposedly alone...). As the day drew on and the night came in, he said the noises started picking up. More wood creaking, and louder. Rocks clanking
against rocks.. and a deep fear and paranoia set in on him. He didn't last half a day up there. threw his stuff in his truck, didn't bother to pack
it in any sort of neat way. Threw his tent in according to him with most the poles still in it. And sped out of there.
He told his grandpa about it, and his grandpa insisted that he not move to Missoula. However he did anyway.
Since he moved to Missoula, he said he had nothing but bad luck. Lost job after job. Car crashes, stuff was always getting stolen from him, and he
went to prison at least once. While he could be using the evil spirits as an excuse to his problems; I don't believe that's what he's doing. I
honestly believe that the evil spirits that are supposedly up on that hill, had something to do with his string of badluck. Not to say he's a perfect
person and didn't bring anything down on himself... just saying that evil spirits probably had something to do with some of it.
So wondering if anyone else has heard of something like this. And would also really like to hear some of your thoughts on what I've told you.
Thanks for reading through that post of probably run on nonsensical gibberish. I did my best to keep all my thoughts organized and on topic.