It isn’t often that you can visit a ghost town and a recent dogman sighting spot on the same trip, but just tool on up to Fayette State Park off Hwy US2 on County Road 483 in the UP. The Historic Fayette Townsite is an old logging and iron-smelting town abandoned en masse in the 1890s because — duh! — most of the hardwood had been chopped down. Also, its charcoal-fired smelters were outmoded by then. Many more structures are preserved here than in most ghost town sites.
But it was at the Fayette park campgrounds in mid-August of this year that a 40-year old meteorology lab technician, his 33-year old government-worker wife and their three children aged 8-12 received a fright that was no ghost. The father, Tim, had been raised in the UP and brought his family back for a vacation. They first experienced a number of unsettling incidents such as hearing growling and loud twigs snapping around their tent. Tim, his wife and their oldest child sat up at their campfire later than usual to keep watch. Just as they were about to go to bed something tall walked in front of their tent on its hind legs, silhouetted by the fire — it had a wolf’s head on an upright, humanoid body! They sat frozen as it disappeared into the night, and needless to say, did not sleep well that night. It left no evidence behind.
Read many more tales of modern day encounters with unknown canines in Linda Godfrey’s new book The Michigan Dogman, Werewolves and Unknown Canines Across the US, due out this fall from unexplainedresearch.com.