Photo credit to George Cleveland and Dennis Quinn
Artists, Aliens, a Curse, or Something Else? Mysterious Items Appear on NH Bridge
TAMWORTH — Residents are curious to learn the meaning behind mysterious objects set out on display on their commute.
What do a coffee maker, a caged stuffed cat, a potted palm, pigs in a basket, and large ceramic pigs have in common? They have all been displayed one day or another on the bridge across Chocorua Lake Road.
Mysterious objects are being left on the bridge much like the jar of pickles in Missouri. The objects are gaining attention as they continue to appear on this small bridge.
George Cleveland, and Dennis Quinn, both of Tamworth, said the trend first started with the coffee machine.
So why is this happening? What's the message behind these random items? Who is leaving them on the bridge?
Here's what we know:
- The items appear sporadically: There is no pattern in the days they are left out or the days in between.
- The items are left out for a short amount of time: Cleveland said that he will see an item on his morning commute, but then on the way home the item will be gone.
- The items are in good condition.
Here are some theories:
Quinn said the town is trying to raise money for the bridge and thinks that the mysterious items are a way of bringing attention to the fundraising.
Swedish Death Cleaning
Cleveland said the items could be a part of a "Swedish death cleaning."
A Swedish death cleaning is when a person cleans/rids their home of objects before they die, so their family won't have to. Quinn is thinking along the same lines and said the items are unique enough to belong to a home.
Offerings to Chief Chocorua
Another theory Cleveland had was that the items are offerings to Chief Chocorua, a native American Chief that put a curse on the area over 100 years ago. If the items were offerings, it would make sense why they appear and reappear.
According to the Chocorua Lake Conservancy, Chocorua lived with his son in the area following the 1725 Battle of Lovewell’s Pond in nearby Fryeburg, Maine, when the white man invaded. During this time, Chocorua became friends with Cornelius Campbell and his family. One day, Chocorua left the area on tribal business and entrusted the Campbell family to watch his son. While Chocorua was away, the boy found and drank a bottle of poison that Cornelius Campbell had made to eliminate troublesome foxes and died. Chocorua enraged to discover his son died, pledged revenge on the Campbell family. Soon after, Cornelius Campbell came home to find his wife and children murdered. Suspecting Chocorua, Campbell pursued the chief up the mountain that now bears Chocorua's name. There, Chocorua climbed to the highest boulder and yelled with his hands to the sky:
“A curse upon ye, white men! May the Great Spirit curse ye when he speaks in the clouds, and his words are fire! Chocorua had a son — and ye killed him while the sky looked bright! Lightning blast your crops! Wind and fire destroy your dwellings! The Evil Spirit breathe death upon your cattle! Your graves lie in the war-path of the Indian! Panthers howl, and wolves fatten over your bones! Chocorua goes to the Great Spirit — his curse stays with the white men!”
Chocorua then lept to his death.
Tamworth has an abundance of artists in the area. With the second annual Wet Paint Festival having just passed, it's possible an artist, influenced at the festival, took their art to an interactive level.
Aliens From Unidentified Flying Objects
New Hampshire is known for frequent spottings of UFOs in the area.
Whether or not aliens are trying to send a message through these random objects is up in the air.
"I didn't check to see if any of the animals had been probed," said Cleveland with a chuckle.