The Gowrow, is said to be a 20-ft long lizard-type monster with tusks, living along rocky ledges and in caves in the Ozarks The Ozark Native American Mythology, described it as a huge, dragon-like monster with tusks. In the 1880s, the gowrow was blamed for the terrorizing rural areas. Fred Allsopp, who edited the Arkansas Gazette was said to have published many stories about it.
In 1897, William Miller supposedly killed a gowrow, but no body was reported to have been found. One story said that when he killed the Gowrow the carcass was lost in shipment to the Smithsonian Institute.
There are a couple of versions of what happened around 1935 when the Gowrow was said to be inhabiting a deep cave in
Sometime prior to 1935, near the
From Dr Karl P.N. Shuker's book "From Flying Toads to Snakes With Wings" pages 87-88.
There are limestone caves in the area, possibly linked to the
From : Weird America by Jim Brandon, E.P. Dutton Books,
A Mr V. Randolf, was said to have seen the Gowrow in the
So was the Gowrow a dragon or as many people believe an alligator? I don’t know if alligator s lived in the area at one time but it may have escaped from a travelling circus or zoo. It must have lived for quite a long time though from the 1800’s to 1935. An intriguing question , if it was an alligator, how did it get there and if it wasn’t what did bite through the rope?