Is the Weatherford monster urban myth , folktale or have people seen something strange?
Along Waterford Lake Texas there are sites where the Weatherford Monster is rumoured to roam. The stories are supposed to have been around since the indigenous natives lived in the area and reported seeing a fire breathing bull that roamed the villages killing several warriors until one was brave enough to pierce his heart with a spear.
More recent sightings have been reported since the lake was expanded in the 1950’s and vary from descriptions for the “monster” as being either a Big Foot” or a giant hairless armadillo. The most recent sightings apparently match the stories of a giant bull with glowing eyes and in some cases with flames coming out of his nose. However I could find no newspaper articles reporting sightings.
The only site I could find is this one: http://www.geocities.com/legendary_spider_man/WEATHERFORD.HTM
But it is now no longer available but in the archives I found this: http://www.geocities.ws/apemonster/
The site states : Modern sightings of the beast started in the 1950s. In 1953 during a terrible drought the small lake originally owned by the Texas and Pacific Railroad was purchased by the community of Weatherford. The area was expanded to make a more permanent water supply. This is when the sightings began to take hold of the community. Most of the reported encounters offer little true evidence of the existence of a mythical monster. However fascination with the beast has increased steadily over the years. Weatherford, Texas is a peaceful community known for its rich texture of folklore and a long history of slightly differing accounts of a mysterious creature which haunts Lake Weatherford. Most eye witnesses tend to disagree over what type of creature they've seen. A few of the reported accounts say the beast is the legendary BIGFOOT a hairy missing link ape-man mainly seen in the North Western United States. However several accounts of the Lake Weatherford beast would cast doubts on it being a BIGFOOT. For one thing the Lake Weatherford monster is mainly said to walk on all fours. A few people have even said that this creature is mainly hairless, and resembles a giant armadillo. But the most popular accounts report the beast as being a huge BULL with red glowing eyes and in at least two known cases, flames emitting from his nostrils.
There is also said to be a group called The Organization of Weatherford Witches which supposedly have ceremonies dedicated to the beast. There are a group of pagans in Weatherford but whether they are the Weatherford Witches I don’t know. So another urban myth or does someone have some insight into where this story came from? The Forth Worth Monster was said to be hoax so is this also just an urban joke?