Devil Dog Road
I went on vacation last month, a driving trip. I saw a lot of cool things, and I’m still mining the trip for fodder here and on our sister sites, vanmpires.com and zombies.org. I’m trying to space it out for the sake of variety. Not everyone might enjoy a full week or two of my vacation stories.
Driving along Interstate 40 in central Arizona, I spotted a road sign marking the exit for “Devil Dog Road.” I was intrigued. There’s a story there, I said to myself, and made a mental note to investigate. Perhaps there were sightings in the area of a “hellhound” in ages past? Or even a werewolf-like entity, something akin to the Beast of Bray Road in Wisconsin or the Michigan Dogman? A more prosaic explanation was offered to me later: that the road was named after the US Marine Corps. I did some Internet sleuthing, though, and was able to find nothing regarding the origins of the name. No one seems to know. I was right, though, about there being a story there.
Devil Dog Road had its own cult leader, albeit a minor one. Back in the 1920s, Olive Goddard, jeeringly referred to as “Dr. God” and “the Prophetess,” fascinated by the Pentecostal movement, deciphered the glossolalia of one old woman by recording it: creepily, the woman was speaking in perfect English–only BACKWARDS. This led Goddard to the conclusion that God Himself is moving backwards through time. She founded the Palindromic Church of God, and preached her sermons backwards. The name of Devil Dog Road, however, preceded Goddard. Where, then, did it come from?