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#1 Rakshasas

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Posted 20 October 2003 - 02:35 PM

Route 666 is a lonely, deserted stretch of road with a long history of accidents and apparitions. Because of the so-called bad luck along this stretch of road, state highway officials in all four states have been asked at one time or another to change the name of this highway. The only state to respond to this demand until just recently, was Arizona. Because a lot of Arizona motorists complained the highway running through their state is now named Highway 191. Also disgruntled, a man from Indiana wrote one of his U.S. Senators, asking why New Mexico didn't change their section of the highway's name. In each case and state (except in Arizona) the demands were tabled. Eventually, however, quite a bit of this highway has become Highway 191, even in Utah. Originally named in 1926, it was the sixth branch of the now defunct Route 66, and therefore became Route 666. Most of the highway now will be named Highway 191.

However, people still don't like having to drive on a road that refers to the antichrist and still remember that it once had such a name.. Interestingly, my husband has his own tale of traveling this very same highway when he was on his way to Texas, long before I ever met him. He used to drive very long distances all by himself, being a country boy from southern Indiana. There wasnĎt much for small town high school kids to do there in the evenings but drive the old country roads, watch the fireflies over fields, gather in graveyards, go arrowhead hunting or chase imagined UFO's. Anyway he was driving this highway (in the middle of the night) headed for Gallop. He was alone and hadnít seen a car for miles and miles. Suddenly, he saw a truck that looked like it was on fire heading straight for him, right down the middle of the highway. The truck was going so fast that sparks were flying up off the wheels and flames were coming from the smokestack. It scared him so bad that he pulled way off the road and walked 20 feet or so out into the desert away from his car and waited for the truck to pass him, going what he estimated was 130 miles an hour. He then got back into his car and continued on. If it were I, the fear of rattlesnakes and skin walkers would have kept me inside the car. I probably would have been run over, because I wouldn't have been able to judge the distance accurately.

In addition to the mad trucker, packs of demon dogs have been seen on this highway as wel1. They attack at night with yellow eyes and sharp teeth; shredding the tires of those silly enough to stop along this highway at night. Then there is a beautiful, young and frail girl in a long nightgown that roams the road. People see her walking along the side of the road, all alone in the dark out in the middle of nowhere. They stop to help her and as they approach, she instantly vanishes. There are many other tales of people who either disappear along this route or suddenly appear out of nowhere. There are even tales of the same person, disappearing at one point along the highway and then reappearing at another location miles away, without having any recollection of where they have been or what they have been doing.

There are Native Americans tales of unwanted passengers appearing in the backseat of the car along such stretches of highway, but especially along Highway 666. It seems that skin walkers, or evil-minded Medicine Men, can shape shift often into animals such as crows, coyotes, or wolves and appear out of nowhere in front of your car on the highway. This, in and of itself, can cause unexplained accidents along the road. However, this is usually a warning and can happen several times before the evil shaman decides to appear in the backseat of your car, if you are driving alone. So it is advised that people drive in groups so the evil skin walker has nowhere to sit. This may work and it may not, for the skin walker can play all sorts of tricks on the eyes, being able to shape shift as he or she does. So it is also good advice not to be driving all night or to be very tired, as this is when the skin walkers are on the prowl stealing souls for themselves.

ďDrive Route 666 at night, and you drive at your own risk,Ē the signs should say. Even in the daytime some of the long, deserted stretches are enough to frighten drivers, or at least put them to sleep, which is just as dangerous as seeing anything. Take a lot of people with you and don't leave any space for unwanted passengers who just might decide to appear in your backseat. Pull off the road if a huge diesel truck comes barring down on you from either direction. Donít be curious to see if there is a driver in that single car passing you in the night. Donít look for lights floating in the sky. Hope you donít see any young girls in white dresses. Never stop if you spot something peculiar and donít pick up hitchhikers. Lastly, if demon dogs approach you in the night, just keep driving.

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Posted 20 October 2003 - 05:39 PM

This article is copywrited by Linda Dunning.  Rather than repost it here, I think it would be more proper to simply link to it at
http://www.prairiegh...highway666.html
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Posted 20 October 2003 - 11:42 PM

:) :) but the article sure is good!
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Posted 26 October 2003 - 11:53 AM

Great article... The only thing I'd ever heard of concerning "Route 666" is the Sci-Fi movie, which I never put any stock in...  ;D Reading that article makes me not want to drive at night  :) But truely, how valid do you think these claims are? Just because the number of the highway happens to be 666, it has freaky stuff happening on it? Hmmmm, I'd like to check it out myself - anyone interested in joining me  8) (joking, joking...) If anyone's experienced anything on Route 666/191/whatever it is now, I'd be interested to hear about it!
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Posted 26 October 2003 - 12:26 PM

But truely, how valid do you think these claims are?


Not very, would be my guess.  The whole thing, in fact, strikes me as being profoundly silly.  Someone wrote three sixes on a road sign, so now demons are haunting the road.  Uh-huh...
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Posted 01 November 2003 - 08:17 AM

that is why 666 is the devils number

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Posted 01 November 2003 - 03:53 PM

Wellllll, being a native New Mexican and have driven on Route 66/666 several hundred times in my life at all times of the day and night I guess I just wasn't lucky enough to have anything happen to me. :-/  Actually, the Medicine Man showing up sitting either in the passenger seat or back seat is a well-known ghost story applying to all the roads in New Mexico.  The eternal infinite hitchicker is one I've heard since I was a kid.  And if you don't pick him/her up she/he will show up again a couple of miles down the road.  Haven't seen this one either. Rats.  Then there's the the Indian Witch who has been shunned by her Pueblo and lives alone but will be seen standing in the highway just as a driver is no longer able to stop and they think they've hit her.  The driver stops gets out of the car and of course there's no body in the road.  What starts a lot of these traveling haunted stories is the fact that these roads are so isolated and go on forever.  Giving people lots of time to think up these stories!  
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Posted 03 November 2003 - 12:02 PM

If (and im saying if) these rumors are true what could have caused these incidents? ~put finger to mouth~

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Posted 14 March 2004 - 11:26 AM

wow thats crazy

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Posted 15 March 2004 - 05:26 PM

I think it's simply the idea that it's the devil's number.I do know that a local indian tribe also tried to exorcise the evil from that area.Are things still Happening there?

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Posted 08 October 2004 - 10:26 AM

If you're planning a road trip to the fiendish freeway, be advised that you may have a hard time knowing when you get there. Route 666 road signs are reportedly impossible to find since they're perpetually stolen by rankled residents and tourists with less godly motives. Only 300-odd miles from Roswell, and a hop, skip and a jump from Area 51, Route 666 makes a fine stop on any magical mystery Babylon tour of our great national treasures -- From the Files of Fortean Slips


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Wouldn't it be funny is the devil was welcoming you as depicted? I wouldn;t surely miss that spectacle :D Mr.devil himself looks funny, maybe he is aneamic.
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Posted 13 October 2004 - 02:13 AM

who trespass on my highway? :)

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Posted 18 October 2004 - 03:00 PM

Is there anyone who have travelled down this highway?
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Posted 08 February 2006 - 10:47 PM

I think the old black & white Twlight Zone show did an episode on a hitchhiker terrorizing a young car who wouldnt pick him up and he hept appearing at every town she passed through.

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Posted 11 February 2006 - 08:57 PM

It all sounds like bull, but a good story none the less. Driving long stretches does give the mind time to wonder...

That was a good TZ episode, by the way...




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