Don’t Get Lost In the Thompson Park Vortex

They say people go missing in Thompson Park.

Don’t worry: They usually only vanish for a moment, then later reappear confused and, occasionally, claiming to have traveled through time.

Retracing the Steps

The historic Thompson Park in Watertown, New York opened in the early 1900s. Since then, its been home to all sorts of paranormal events.

In the 1930s, for example, reports surfaced of “odd sensations” near one particular hill, along with alleged sightings of mist-like apparitions and unexplained noises. In recent years, Bigfoot and UFO encounters have joined the strange list of anomalous activity in the area.

However, Thompson Park is best known for its so-called vortex, a portal or space-time disturbance that exists between the park’s zoo and golf course. This is an area where many people have allegedly vanished, often to return in an entirely different location. In fact, if these legends are true, not only have people vanished — they’ve traveled through time, or into other dimensions. Some have never returned at all!

A local witch queen, who claims to have used her otherworldly connections to move the vortex away from the golf course, believes that different realities converge there.

She also claims to have, herself, become temporarily “lost” in the park multiple times, and even witnessed a man vanish, only for him to return a fair distance away.

What Makes A Vortex?

Years ago, a group of paranormal investigators known as the Shadow Chasers visited Thompson Park and encountered what they called an “unusual energy pattern.” While scanning the area, they discovered “bands of EMF” that created a grid within the park.

There are many claims involving unique areas like this around the planet. Ivan Sanderson’s Vile Vortices come to mind, as do ley lines, which are supposed alignments of places of geographical and historical significance. Some believe they hold spiritual or otherworldly power. Could Thompson Park be one such location?

Even Stephen Gibbs’ infamous Hyper Dimensional Resonator, the “real” time machine, is said to work best when used over something called a Grid Point Vortex. These are areas, believed to harbor paranormal activity, where electromagnetic fields are abnormally strong. More specifically, the Grid Point Vortex itself is a point at which two “grid lines” intersect, weakening the bonds of space and time.

If I had an HDR, I’d consider giving it a try at Thompson Park.

Skeptics have their doubts, of course. The area reportedly has high concentrations of certain minerals and rocks, such as limestone, which may affect the surrounding electromagnetic fields. Others write it off as nothing more than a peculiar urban legend, or just something to draw tourism.

Whatever the case, the mystery of Thompson Park continues. A few years ago, residents even erected a sign reading “Watertown’s Area 51” above an iconic green alien face. This, you should know, has a bit of a double meaning. Thompson Park is itself a curious place, but even stranger is that one of Area 51’s own nicknames is Watertown.


Rob Schwarz

Rob Schwarz is a writer, blogger, and part-time peddler of mysterious tales. Editor-in-chief of Stranger Dimensions.


  1. So you have magic powers and you use it to MOVE the teleportation ghosts? Boo! Poor form!

  2. The airstrip in Nevada at the secret military and CIA base , “Area 51”, used to test secret war aircraft and other war equipment, was named “Watertown” by Allen Dulles in honor of his hometown, Watertown, New York. Both Allen Dulles of CIA and his brother, Secretary of State John Foster Dulles grew up in Watertown, NY. EMF weapon testing or some type of communication beacon using EMF for helicopters? Ft. Drum is right down road and been there since 1930s…it was built in advance of War Plan Red. Ft. Drum was one of the points the invasion of Canada was to start from in War Plan Red plans. High levels of EMF can cause health problems but don’t think government cares, it wouldn’t be the first time CIA and military has put civilians in harms way. Hell the EMF health threat from smart meters going on everyone’s homes shows most public utilities care even less than the military about EMF health risks.

  3. I’m heading down next weekend to check it out. Truth can be stranger than fiction. Too many strange occurances happening here. The PD are also involved in this area . Missing people, time travel, or imagination, who knows until you investigate. I’ll be checking it out Saturday

    1. Hey i know this is probably a long shot, but did you ever figure out the mystery in Thompson Park…. I am a youtuber and i have recently moved to the base not so far from the park and i wanted to do a story on it but cant find much details. Get back to me you can email me

  4. go to the pool house, where you would enter to shower and swim. Stand with your back to the front of the building and start walking straight and to the left, there is a green space to left there is picnic tables there walk far past the tables and just keep walking around farther back there

  5. don’t know if they are still around but, there were two trails to take-the buffalo trail and the Indian trail for a shortcut to the pool…I lived in East Hills as a boy and Thompson Park was the place to be year round….In the wintertime it was Thompson Park hill for sledding and the pool in the summer…at a higher elevation was the golf course, and I’d walk up there after swimming all day-all I remember is how beautiful and warm the summer sun was, and how beautiful the park was-it was much simpler back then(early 60’s) but I remember it as if it was yesterday…