DEVIL'S GULCH

Devil’s Gulch Park Road, Garretson, ND

Status: Natural Wonder

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History

In September of 1876 the famed outlaw Jesse James was fleeing a posse after unsuccessfully trying to rob a bank in Northfield, Minnesota. When he reached Devil’s Gulch, he jumped his horse over the 18-foot gorge – or so the legend says – and escaped the lawmen chasing him down.

Most people – and historians agree – the jump was impossible but the legend lives on in this park.

The gulch is 60 feet deep to the waterline but in some places the water is said to be bottomless. Right below the metal bridge the crosses the gulch right where it is said Jesse jumped a 600-foot plumbline was ran into the water; it never hit bottom.

 

Paranormal Activity

The paranormal activity witnessed here has nothing to do with Jesse James.

The story does that a woman was kidnapped and brought here. Her fiancée chased down her kidnappers and attacked them to rescue his girl. He succeeded in defeating them but both the woman and her brave suitor succumbed to their wounds and died in the gulch.

People now see their shadows when looking down into the gorge. As well, disembodied screams and moans echo up from the bottom.