You never truly know a town (or city) until you've familiarized yourself with the Urban Legends. Sometimes, a legend takes the shape of a living person with a wild reputation that precedes them, other times it's a gruesome murder story that lead to a haunting, or a physical monument with strange effects on those who visit it.
While some Urban Legends are based on verifiable history and others are ornate works of fiction, all of them reveal a lot about the local culture. The fears and desires of a town can be surmised from the types of monsters or good luck omens that haunt the area.
1. whirlpearl grew up with the legend of Skunk Ape.
Skunk Ape. Imagine a kind of Bigfoot dude that looks more like a gorilla and lives in the Everglades of Florida and smells like sh*t. Yep.