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Old 08-22-2009, 02:18 PM
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
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I grew up in Pittston,Pa.; which was a large source of Anthracite Coal mining; the city is riddled with underground tunnels.

I heard two stories as a child that involved the mines; but I never really believed my parents.

(1) My father told me that a mother was outside hanging laundry out to dry; when the ground opened up and swallowed her. I recently found out on the net that the story is kinda true. It was a young boy and his body was never recovered. I can't remember where I read it to supply a link.

(2)That the Susquehanna River broke through the mines and a huge whirpool formed for days; swallowing railroad coal hoppers/cars. Well I found out at 20 years of age, that my father was totally accurate.

It is called The Knox Mine Disaster...see... Knox Mine Disaster and.... Knox Mine disaster - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia .

Anyone have any similar stories/myths/legends about their city; that they are willing to share their fellow posters?
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Old 08-22-2009, 02:20 PM
 
Location: Concrete jungle where dreams are made of.
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The Amityville horror, that's the most famous one.

There's also an abandoned Psychiatric center from the 1700s here. Supposed to be one of the largest in the country. It's said that it's haunted.
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Old 08-22-2009, 02:22 PM
 
Location: Long Island/NYC
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Alligators and Crocodiles in the sewer, the funny thing about that is that actually happened in July I think, there was this medium sized Crocodile they pulled out of the sewer.
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Old 08-22-2009, 02:26 PM
 
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^^Wow, I didn't know that. I remember kids saying that too. I wonder if kids do that everywhere, or it's just a NYC urban legend.
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Old 08-22-2009, 02:27 PM
 
Location: where my heart is
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Default That has been around a LONG TIME

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Alligators and Crocodiles in the sewer, the funny thing about that is that actually happened in July I think, there was this medium sized Crocodile they pulled out of the sewer.
I grew up in Manhattan in the 50s/60s and kids always told those stories back then.

What Urban Legends are made of.
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Old 08-22-2009, 02:39 PM
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
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The Amityville horror, that's the most famous one.

There's also an abandoned Psychiatric center from the 1700s here. Supposed to be one of the largest in the country. It's said that it's haunted.
I remember.....It was supposed to have been a true story....creeps me out!
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Old 08-22-2009, 02:41 PM
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
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Alligators and Crocodiles in the sewer, the funny thing about that is that actually happened in July I think, there was this medium sized Crocodile they pulled out of the sewer.
Great one...we all heard that and occassionally it does happen...Also scary...like Pythons loose in Southern Florida.
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Old 08-22-2009, 02:43 PM
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
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I grew up in Manhattan in the 50s/60s and kids always told those stories back then.

What Urban Legends are made of.
My parents used them as threats...We'll throw you down the mines and or River...We behaved...LOL.
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Old 08-22-2009, 02:43 PM
 
Location: Long Island/NYC
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^^Wow, I didn't know that. I remember kids saying that too. I wonder if kids do that everywhere, or it's just a NYC urban legend.
I remember a lot of New Yorkers talking about Alligators/Crocodiles in the sewer, I always thought it was a joke until I saw it on the news.

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I grew up in Manhattan in the 50s/60s and kids always told those stories back then.

What Urban Legends are made of.
I didn't know the myth was around since the 50's, that's a long time, its a little scary to know that its true, the sewer must be warm in the Winter though.
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Old 08-22-2009, 02:44 PM
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
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^^Wow, I didn't know that. I remember kids saying that too. I wonder if kids do that everywhere, or it's just a NYC urban legend.
I think that one is a National Urban Legend!
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