Yearly Archives: 2012

Bigfoot and the “Big Hairy Man”

Reports of encounters with the legendary creature known as Bigfoot, Sasquatch and the Abdominal Snowman are common in the Pacific Northwest. When traveling the Weird NJ route though, you may encounter this creature right in your own backyard… Continue reading

“Big Red Eye”

Like Bigfoot, Big Red Eye sightings of the northwest corner of the state describe a large bipedal creature covered with long hair from head to toe. But what witnesses in Sussex County who have seen the beast for themselves remember most are the creature’s glowing red eyes. Continue reading

The Garfield Rock Carvings

Located along the Passaic River, below the 140-year-old Dundee Dam in Garfield, is a sandstone boulder bears some primitive graffiti. But is the carved rock the handiwork of ancient Native Americans, or much more recent taggers? You be the judge. Continue reading

The Double Trouble Mystery Spot

There is an unusual area in Double Trouble State Park, on the border of Berkeley and Lacey Townships in Ocean County, where all of the trees had apparently been pushed down in a strange circular pattern by some unknown force. Is it the landing site of a UFO, or was it perhaps ground zero for a meteor strike or where a freak tornado touched down unobserved? Nobody seems to know for sure. Continue reading

Weird NJ Mail Order Form

We know that some of our readers are old school and prefer ordering their Weird NJ stuff through the mail…and we are totally okay with that. If you happen to be one of those folks, all you have to do … Continue reading

The Device is in the Brain in Totowa

There used to be these crudely hand-lettered, poster-sized signs filling every window of this house on Union Blvd. in Totowa with inscriptions like “THE DEVICE IS IN THE BRAIN…HEAT FROM THE BODY POWERS THE DEVICE.” Continue reading

Profanity Houses of the Rutherfurd Stuyvesant Estate

If your curiosity gets the better of you and you decide to venture through the ominous looking gates you will find yourself walking along the meandering carriage path deeper into the woods. You will soon see the remnants of stone walls, bridges and dams, that once led the way up to an old mansion, which was originally built in the late 1700’s. If you continue on this course you may just find some intriguing––some might even say shocking––surprises await you there. Continue reading

Moldenke’s Castle

It kept a solemn and stoic vigil over the Watchung Mountain range for nearly 70 years, for many of which it lay abandoned in the woods. The turreted castle contained 40 rooms. There was a huge entry hall that had two chandeliers made up of eight Civil War muskets each. Suits of armor, helmets, guns, and trophies adorned every wall. The basement housed a laboratory Moldenke used for scientific studies. There was also a mausoleum with 21 crypts, and even a huge cannon! Continue reading

Sam Patch, the “Jersey Jumper”

In 1827 Paterson mill worker named Sam Patch announced that he would jump over the Great Passaic Falls 0n the day that the new Chasm Bridge was to be erected across the span. That day a large crowd gathered to watch launched himself from the 80-foot high cliff, arms at his side, and shot down into the turbulent river like an arrow, then swam to shore unharmed. The daring feat was reported in newspapers across the country, and the legend of the “Jersey Jumper” was born. So began the spectacular, though short-lived, career of Sam Patch. Continue reading