Local Lore: The Monster of the White River

July 1892, two men driving a wagon on the Cicero Pike [Highway 19] claimed to have spotted a large animal in the river at this site. The newspaper described it as “a huge serpent 12 feet in length and perhaps 3 feet in circumference with a forked tail.” Later that month, four men on a fishing trip discovered what they thought may have been the object – the carcass of a dead cow caught on some floating branches.

Source: David Heighway, county historian

From August through September there will be so many ways to honor the unique local story of the Monster of the White River. Area restaurants and shops will celebrate with events and special deals, local maker spaces will help people of all ages create their very own river monster and a “monstrous” work of art will be found in different spots along the White River. Check here for more details to come.


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