Know the Origin of the Highway 89 Screamers?
NEAR FLAGSTAFF – Under normal circumstances, I can readily find the origins of weird things in Arizona, but there’s one north of Flagstaff that puzzles me. No one seems to know anything about what it is, why it’s there and who put it there. It is three weathered tree trunks (they look like junipers) standing next to each other, and someone painted strange faces on them. The images on the two smaller trunks are badly faded, but the face on the tallest one is still in relatively good shape. It resembles “The Scream,” the famous expressionist painting by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch in 1893.
The rather ghostly apparition stands in a field on the east side of Highway 89, just north of Antelope Hills Trading Post, a short distance north of the spot where the divided highway ends, and between Mileposts 442 and 443. If anyone knows anything about it, I’d like to hear from them. I love a good mystery, but can’t stand not knowing whodunnit.