The Ohio Grassman
The Ohio Grassman sometimes called Orange Eyes is reported to be a type of bigfoot that lives in the Ohio woods. It gets its name from eating tall grass and wheat although it has been seen hunting game.Three-toed footprints have been reported as being seen in Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The Grassman is reportedly 7 to 9 feet tall and weighs approximately 300-pound.
In the 1700s the Indigenous people of the Ohio grasslands told stories of a race of ape-men, called the Wild Ones of the Woods. They would leave out food and offerings for them.
In 1869 there was a spate of sightings reported near the Ohio River . One man claimed a hairy biped tried to drag him from his horse and carriage .It ran off when his daughter threw stones at it.
One of the most reported sightings was in 1978 at Evelyn and Howe Cayton’s home. Evelyn and Howe were relaxing indoors when suddenly their children and some friends came running into the house screaming. They said that whilst they were playing outside they came across a monster in a gravel pit. The pair headed outside and saw a creature covered in matted dark hair that was about 7 feet tall and weighed about 300 pounds. The Grassman simply stood there but the Claytons fled.
The Claytons would see the Grassman again several times. One night they saw it peering at them through their kitchen window. Howe went to get his gun, but the creature was gone before he returned. The police were called and several footprints were spotted in the mud and a terrible smell still lingered in the air. On another day the Grassman was seen by the Claytons on a hill near the strip mine. The next month the couple observed two hairy bipeds on the same hill. Some days before the Claytons' German Shepherd was found dead, its neck broken,thought to have been killed by the Grassman.
Over 36 sightings have been reported to Don Keating of Newcomerstown since the middle 1980s. Keating decided to host the ‘Annual Bigfoot Conference’ at Salt Fork starting in 2005.
More recently this year whilst hiking in the woods at Salt Fork State Park, two Ohio men claim they saw a Bigfoot .On January 12th, the two hikers said they found themselves staring at a figure that had characteristics of Bigfoot: a hairy, upright-walking ape creature. “Seeing the creature was scary,” said Nathan Gray, of Winterset, a crossroads located just east of Salt Fork State Park. “When I couldn’t see it anymore, that was terrifying.”
With so many reports going back to 1700s ,there must be something that people are seeing. Whether it is the Grassman or Bigfoot we won’t know until definite evidence turns up.