Ohio has a history of strange amphibian sightings.
The Crosswick Monster
James Jennings established the small community of
Crosswick Ohio in1881.Many large, unknown tracks started to be found all over
the dirt road. Nobody knew what could
make such tracks.It was decided it was
best left alone then it would leave them alone.
The Cincinnati Enquirer newspaper
reported on May 29, 1882 a story about two boys being attacked by a snake like
creature. The two boys , Ed and Joe Lynch, were fishing in a small creek in
Crosswick, Ohio on the outskirts of Waynesville in Warren County.
They heard a stirring in the reeds of the bank. They went to investigate and found a 30-foot-long black and white “snake with
legs” with yellow spots.
The two boys screamed and ran but then the monster grabbed Ed
Lynch "in its slimy embrace, simultaneously producing two more legs,
about four feet long, from some mysterious hiding-place in its body." The
monster dragged the boy to a large
sycamore tree with an opening on one side.
Three men nearby, the Rev. Jacob Horn, George Peterson
and Allen Jordan, heard the screams and ran to the scene. The monster on
seeing the men ,dropped the boy and ran up the tree. Dr.
L.C. Lukens of Waynesville was summoned to treat Ed’s injuries .A posse
was formed and later that afternoon, 60 men, armed with clubs and axes gathered
around the tree and cut it down. The monster fled. They
followed it to what they assumed was its lair, a large pile of rocks, where it
disappeared in a hole, never to be seen again. . Dr. Lukens told the Cincinnati
Enquirer that the boy was in severe shock and had some spasms and convulsions, plus
bruise and cuts. The Monster was described by several witnesses as being
roughly 12 feet long ( 4 metres) and covered with scales. It was black and
white with dull yellow spots, had feet roughly 12in long (0.34 metre), a wide
head, and a long forked tongue.
"It will be watched for and killed if possible," The Cincinnati
Enquirer reported at the time.
been seen by so many eminent citizens it was not disputed .Then 20 miles away in the 1950s another creature
The Loveland frog (Rana digiandomenicus) (also known
as the Loveland frogman or Loveland lizard) is a legendary humanoid frog
described as standing roughly 4 feet (1.2 m) tall. The creature was first
sighted in 1955, with some versions of the story specifying the month of May.The
three stories start the same way, with a businessman or a travelling salesman
driving along an unnamed road late at night One story, the driver was heading
out of Branch Hill when he spotted three
figures stood erect on their hind legs along the side of the road, each 3 to 4
feet (0.91 to 1.22 m) in height, with leathery skin and frog faces. In other versions
of the story, the creatures were spotted under or over a poorly lit bridge over
the Little Miami river. All the version say the businessman watched the figures
converse for a while until one of the creatures held a wand over its head that fired a spray of sparks, causing the man to
flee in fright.
Urban myth you may think but in March 1972 at 1:00
am, Loveland police officer Ray Shockey was driving on Riverside Drive near the
Totes boot factory and the Little Miami River when an unidentified animal
scurried across the road in front of his vehicle. The animal was illuminated in
his vehicle's headlights, and he described it as 3 to 4 feet (0.91 to 1.22 m)
long and about 50 to 75 pounds (23 to 34 kg), with leathery skin. He reported
spotting the animal "crouched like a frog" before it momentarily
stood on its hand legs to climb over the
guardrail and back down towards the river.
Two weeks after the incident, a second Loveland
police officer, Mark Matthews, reported seeing an unidentified animal crouched
along the road in the same vicinity as Shockey's sighting. Matthews shot the
animal but the body fell into the river. According to Matthews, it was "a
large iguana about 3 or 3.5 feet long", and he didn't immediately
recognize it because it was missing its tail. Mathews speculated the iguana had
been someone's pet that "either got loose or was released when it grew too
However this did not account for several of them
being seen together in the past.
In 2016 two youngsters allegedly took a photo of a
frog like creature but this was dismissed as a hoax.
I find interesting is that two or more amphibian type creatures had been
reported within 20 miles of each other. Could there have once been a colony of salamanders
or large amphibians living in the area?
Maybe the Crosswick monster moved its lair after being chased.More reports may
surface ,lets hope so.