The Glastenbury area of Southern Vermont has been the subject of mysterious disappearances and odd occurrences for many years. The so-called “Bennington Triangle” is a phrase created by New England author Joseph A. Citro during a public radio broadcast in 1992. It describes a region of southwestern Vermont in which a number of people went missing between the years of 1920 and 1950. The best-known of which is probably that of Paula Jean Welden.
Glastenbury and its nearby township of Somerset were former logging and industrial towns that flourished in earlier years, but fell into decline toward the late 19th century. Both are now considered “ghost towns”, as they were unincorporated by the state legislature in 1937.
The Bennington Triangle’s epicenter is Glastenbury Mountain and would include some or most of the towns surrounding it, particularly Bennington, Woodford, Shaftsbury, and Somerset. Glastenbury and its neighboring township Somerset were both once moderately thriving logging and industrial towns, but began declining toward the late 19th century and are now essentially ghost towns, unincorporated by an act of the state legislature in 1937.
Trivia fact: The Bennington Triangle was discussed in Season 3, Episode 8 of the television program William Shatner’s “Weird or What?” The episode, entitled “Mysterious Vanishings”, first aired on July 23, 2012.
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