Local Witch Says Thompson Park Vortex Is Real

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Gael Steele calls herself a Witch Queen.

She believes Watertown's Thompson Park is home to a vortex, a passage into an alternate reality.

"Somewhere over there in that veil of trees, there's a place where people disappear," she said.

"There's been a longtime urban legend about this vortex in the park with strange happenings and there's been a lot of interest in the paranormal in Watertown," said Watertown Mayor Jeff Graham.

Since the park opened in 1905, there have been tales of people disappearing, strange apparitions, noises - and of course the vortex.

"It's not hocus pocus. It's scientific," said Steele.

So now the city is dedicating a sign marking "Watertown's Area 51."

It's an idea stemming from Area 51 in Nevada, which was codenamed "Watertown" years ago in honor of then-CIA Director and Watertown native Allen Dulles.

"I thought it would be kind of fun to designate this area in Thompson Park, you know, so people will hopefully come there and get their picture taken...if they don't disappear first," said Graham.

Legend has it the vortex is somewhere between the Thompson Park Zoo and the Watertown Golf Club.

But if you're trying to find it, be warned, it can be dangerous, according to Steele.

"You have to be very, very, very careful of it. Even I am. I've been lost in them twice," she said.

The dedication is scheduled for Friday at 7 p.m.

So if you dare, stop by.

And remember, don't be too scared.

It's all just an urban legend, right?

Wednesday, November 26, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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