The region now known as Clearfield County, and specifically the city of DuBois, was once known to the Susquehannock tribe (a branch of the Lenni Lanape) as OTOCSIN which is roughly translated as “Land of the Devils.”  They called it this for many reasons. First, the forests were dense and dark giving a sense of eeriness and anxiety. Also, the region was plentiful with predatory animals that the Native Americans did not what to deal with like bears, mountain lions, and rattlesnakes. Next, the Native Americans believed that the trees held evil spirits which thirsted for the souls of men. And last, but not least, the region was thought to be inhabited by monstrous creatures that would feast on the bodies and souls of anyone entering the Dark Woods. The Native Americans knew that the monsters would remain in the Dark Woods, and remain there if they were unprovoked and undisturbed. Despite many warnings, the white man chose to settle OTOCSIN, and in doing so released the Devils from the Land.

George Shaffer was the first (recorded) permanent inhabitant of what is now DuBois, moving into the dark wilderness area in 1812. They lived in a log cabin near the present intersection of West Long Avenue. and Main Street. Shaffer died in 1812 leaving the land to Henry Shaffer. He did not value the land, seeing no real worth in the low lying swampy acres. Furthermore, he was disturbed by terrible dreams of tentacled creatures with rubbery flesh, lashing tentacles, and burning three-lobed eyes. Greed and fear led to him selling off the land acre by acre in parcel until it was all gone. With his pockets full, he departed the dark land known as OTOSCIN.


Settled officially in 1812 by Shaffer and platted in 1872, DuBois was incorporated as a borough in 1881 and as a city in 1914. While DuBois was founded as a lumber town, the mining of bituminous coal quickly became the chief industry in DuBois. Over the years there have been many unsuccessful attempts to combine the city with the surrounding Sandy Township. The town was founded by John Rumbarger, for whom the town was originally named. The Rumbarger Cemetery is all that survives of this original settlement. The town was later renamed for local lumber tycoon John DuBois, who came from a longstanding American family of French descent.

DuBois and the surrounding region has prospered from its abundance of natural resources.  In its early days, the local economy depended heavily on timber and furs. The hardwood industry continues to be important to the region, and is home to one of the largest hardwood forests in the United States.  After the railroad came to town, the coal mining industry grew quickly and provided fuel for steel mills, factories and power plants throughout the Commonwealth.  This region leads the world in the powdered metal industry.  Local manufacturers use powdered metal technology to make parts for manufacturing equipment, automobiles, and appliances.  Natural gas wells have been part of the local landscape for decades.  This industry is poised to grow with companies drilling in the Marcellus Shale formation.  Last but not least, DuBois offers a diverse and encompassing array of medical, mental health, and social services to promote, improve and sustain the quality of life in this thriving community.

“There’s power in the night. There’s terror in the darkness. Despite all our accumulated history, learning, and experience, we remember. We remember times when we were too small to reach the light switch on the wall, and when darkness itself was enough to make us cry out in fear….”
Jim Butcher, Turn Coat

The Great Old Ones are alive and well in the City of DuBois, as well. The influence can be seen every day if you look close enough, and pay attention to what you don’t really want to see. The Great Old Ones are around us every day, in the crack houses, meth labs, and heroin dens. They are alive in our greedy churches, uncaring government offices, and sensationalized non-stop media. Just stop and look into the eyes of the mentally ill and criminally insane lumbering down the sidewalks day and night. You will see that the Old Ones are alive and well, indeed.


The Great Old Ones must simply stand back and watch as we revel in the sins that have caused us to become opposed to ourselves. Gluttony, fornication, avarice, hubris, envy, greed, wrath, boasting, and slothfulness are alive and well in the city of DuBois. The Great Old Ones simply watch and wait, amazed by our own ability to destroy the world simply by living in it.

We have done the bidding of the Great Old Ones more successfully and eagerly than any demon, crazed sorcerer, or devil-worshiping cult ever did. We have raced towards corruption with wild abandon. As a species, our surrender is complete. The Great Old Ones have destroyed us by allowing us to destroy ourselves.

Now the time is ripe.

Soon the stars will align. Quickly the feasting will begin.

At that point, the City of DuBois, and the entire world will realize their folly.

Step this way.  The exit is right over there.

Take this drug.

Stay in bed and collect Social Security Disability rather than work.

Cash in your “food stamps” on cigarettes and booze.

Dump those chemicals. Drill, baby, drill.

Abuse and neglect that child.

Ignore the poverty around you.

Stuff your pockets full of tax money.

Smoke your cigars and eat your steak.

Drive your fancy cars.

The abyss awaits. The Great Old Ones have won.

You just don’t see it yet because your eyes are focused on yourself and your desires.

Welcome, my friends, to the City of the Damned standing within the Land of Devils. Make yourself comfortable. Eat, drink, and be merry. For tomorrow … the Stars May Be Right.

With back to the House, looking right down Brady Street


50 responses to “DUBOIS: CITY OF THE DAMNED

  1. So this accounts for ALL of the strange and creepy things that go on here? Have you heard of Skull Island on Wolf Creek? Another seriously disturbing story in the area! The murder or suicide of Estele Clymer and the Lost Cache of Wolf Run? 20 pounds of Gold, Silver, Gems and Jewels buried in the woods off of Rt 219! Could this be connected to OTOCSIN?


  2. i don’t understand what dubois has to do with this article. it sounds to me like you could replace “dubois” with any city in America


    • True medogg76. I can sense you are wise beyond your years. DuBois is just another festering city ripe for the plucking. When the Stars Are Right, the Old Ones Will Return! Prepare!


  3. this sounds like every city I have ever been to.. take Oil City for 1 this town is worse off in many many ways .. the Great Old Ones should know it’s in their city’s as well..you can not hide from all the drugs,Gluttony, fornication, avarice, hubris, envy, greed, wrath, boasting, and slothfulness for it is everywhere in the world


    • Well, Jack, the truth is that the Great Old Ones were, the Great Old Ones are, and the Great Old Ones will be. The location does not matter to them for they wish to consume the entire world. So I suppose you are right.


  4. What NA tribe? And this sounds pretty similar to any small town in the Appalachian range, soooo…I ain’t skeered, yo.


    • You could start researching this information by talking to the folks at the DuBois Historical Society, Dusti. They have a lot of information about the Native Americans and Otoscin. As far as not being afraid, I congratulate your courage. After all, fear is the oldest and strongest emotion of mankind.


  5. This is a great story and something I have said about the Du Bois, Pa. area for many years. I lived in the area and started my life there. But as time went by I seen things I did not like, one being greed. The elders would be sick to see what has become of the area. It was not and is not what they had in mind. Many of the people who have the money or the power do not share it. In fear of losing everything they worked for. Life is not to be lived in fear, but in harmony of one another.


    • TNT McAllen: It would seem that you understand greatly the will of the Great Old Ones. What part of DuBois did you grow up in? And how can you help us all find harmony during such discord?


      • I lived in Brockway, and worked in Du Bois. I have many, many relatives that still live there.
        The community needs to communicate and learn to share. Don’t always think that everybody is out to get you. Stop with the what am I going to get out of it phase. I would do for people without asking for anything but most are waiting for handout after helping others.


  6. I lived and grew up in this town. It can easily take over you and destroy your entire being. I have never been so happy to get away. when I was growing up I always said that Dubois was cursed by a higher power. I have seen good and bad from that town, and people have came and went, but the curse is still there.


    • One of the local prophets claimed that there is a Fire Dragon living under the city that is guarding Aztec Gold. The curse on the gold radiates throughout the city. Perhaps that is why you experienced these overwhelming feelings. The Elder Gods watch and wait for the Stars to be Right.


  7. I live in dubois and never thought about blogging about it. I have a wordpress blog too. aliprescott.wordpress.com.

    I will say that I think that much of what you say goes around all over the place..not just in DuBois. I’ve been to quite a few places and have seen what you talk about. So it may not be a Native American myth….but perhaps just people making poor decisions.


    • You can always begin your own path to discovering the secrets of the Old Ones. Just use caution. There are horrors beyond life’s edge that we do not suspect, and once in a while man’s evil prying calls them just within our range


  8. Why the cigar reference at the end…Indians invented cigars, I think they are cool with the leaf…I’m offended…


    • Do not be offended that cigars are symbols of wealth, power, and glamour. All life is only a set of pictures in the brain, among which there is no difference betwixt those born of real things and those born of inward dreamings, and no cause to value the one above the other


  9. actually you cant buy booze or tobacco products with food stamps just saying lol nice informational writing though i didn’t know alot of this about DuBois


    • Mr. or Mrs. Babyjesus:

      Thank you for your kind words. There are not many persons who know what wonders are opened to them in the stories and visions of their youth; for when as children we learn and dream, we think but half-formed thoughts, and when as men we try to remember, we are dulled and prosaic with the poison of life. But some of us awake in the night with strange phantasms of enchanted hills and gardens, of fountains that sing in the sun, of golden cliffs overhanging murmuring seas, of plains that stretch down to sleeping cities of bronze and stone, and of shadowy companies of heroes that ride caparisoned white horses along the edges of thick forests; and then we know that we have looked back through the ivory gates into that world of wonder which was ours before we were wise and unhappy


    • Are you really that blind, when it comes to buying booze and tobacco products with food stamps? I will give you my food stamp card to use, if you get me a couple of cases of beer or a carton of cigarettes. (also works with WIC) This has been going on for years in Du Bois. Sorry to bust your bubble, but someone needs to shed a light. I think the programs need to have ID to go with it. Not to point out folks, but to get the mess cleaned up.


  10. Hey, Big Rich…You are a real piece of work, brother…What DuBois has become is more a symptom of Obama’s America, than some BS Indian legends, but rest assured, it is a sickness that has permeated the entire fabric of this country. Perhaps if you spent less time in front of your computer, and actually left your house, you would realize this! Rock on, Space Cowboy, Rock on!


    • Mr. Stick of Justice:

      Firstly, we can hardly be brothers. I have none.

      Secondly, Contrary to what you may assume, I am not a pessimist but an indifferentist- that is, I don’t make the mistake of thinking that the… cosmos… gives a damn one way or the the other about the especial wants and ultimate welfare of mosquitoes, rats, lice, dogs, men, horses, pterodactyls, trees, fungi, dodos, or other forms of biological energy.

      Also, I wonder, how much of my article did you actually read?


      • Your article wasn’t exactly The Bible…so it wasn’t too terribly difficult to read. It’s awfully easy to bitch and moan, isn’t is? Why not fix the blame where it belongs, on the leadership in this entire country that has figured out that it is possible to throw tax $$$, entitlements, and anything else they can think of to buy the votes of lazy dopes who live like pigs, but are able to drag their butts out to vote every 4 years to keep the Gravy Train rolling!


  11. Justice Stick: Indeed, you are right, sir. But I must say that I never found the Bible difficult to read save when I was studying the Ancient Greek. As you said, it is easy to sit around and complain. That is why I am happy to say that at least a small group of Heroes have banded together to fight back against the evil that literally seeps through the streets of DuBois like the flood water did only a week ago. Will you join us, sir? Will you help us defeat the whispers in the darkness. Or will you simply answer the Call of Cthulhu like all the others? The decision is yours, Justice Stick.


  12. Dude, All the controversy and B.S. on godubois was CREATED BY STEVE POMPEII. He does that shit to stir up interest in his lame message forum when he’s about to go out to businesses and try to sell advertising. That’s why he won’t respond to all the BS postss on the thread. Ignore the little twit. That’s about all you can do.


  13. Lived, grew up there…Brockway,Brookville, and Dubois …Reynoldsville too..hell even Brockport. Out of all those place …Dubois causes the worst kind of anxiety. Yea there is some nice aspects…truly there is. But it is a place that causes harsh feelings. Maybe I know too many of the wrong kinds of ppl there.


    • Dear yikes, I am glad that you are able and willing to lend your knowledge to this subject. Bunch together a group of people deliberately chosen for strong religious feelings, and you have a practical guarantee of dark morbidities expressed in crime, perversion, and insanity.


  14. I lived in Dubois for a total of 2 years and while I was there I just wanted to leave the town. I think it has been the worst town that I have ever lived in. I’m normally one not to believe in this stuff. But I do believe in demons and while I was living in Dubois I always had a sense of anger and hate. And it was stronger than ever. As growing up in a church listening to my father every Sunday speak the bible I have learned many different ways that Demons can affect you. And I must say that name “Land of the Devil’s” fits very well for Dubois. Because once I left Dubois that sense of anger and hate were gone.


  15. I’ve moved from there, It indeed is a place that causes depression. I have not had depression since I have left and neither has my daughter since she has left many years ago. There is a “force” in that town, when I was away before and come back, you can feel and see the darkness overhead miles out. I’ve stated it before, I’m stating it again…There’s something about that town.


  16. i lived in DuBois for 4 years, 2004-2008, i worked at Arby’s in the DuBois mall almost everyday and the only thing i noticed was the laziness and incompetence of most of the people.


  17. Grew up here, well and in St. Mary’s too (divorced parents). I have many stories of other worldly things, terrifying things to share. I moved as soon as I turned 18 (2005). I have been back to visit maybe twice as I miss my daddy so much…but I can’t stay there. I feel it too…the evil


  18. I feel there is an evil here as well. Not sure if I understand everything you guys are saying. But I feel there’s got to be some truth behind it. I have lived here most my life. Something strang about dubois.


  19. I’ve noticed for over 30 years that any and all improvements in DuBois tend to be focused in the areas that are most often visited by people who possess a greater level of wealth than the rest of the community. It’s the same for housing. Local landlords are well aware of the poverty in this area, but pride themselves on charging 800 dollars per month for a 2-bedroom house. The rich are squeezing the poor as much as possible, and they’re also making harsher laws to ensure that crimes and criminals are constantly being fabricated – a good example is the City Code Inspector issuing fines for uncut grass or weeds. Sure, a yard with 6-foot grass and weeds can be unsightly, but fining people who have 6+inches of grass the day after a two-week rain do not deserve fines – but DuBois is just like your favorite high school bully: picking on the poor, elderly, and those with mental challenges…all while they gather in local fire halls and country clubs to talk about their love for all things Republican.



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