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Old 09-30-2022, 02:42 PM
 
Location: StlNoco Mo, where the woodbine twineth
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POPE LICK MONSTER

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Lick_Monster







BEAR LAKE MONSTER

https://www.eastidahonews.com/2022/0...to-the-screen/
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Old 09-30-2022, 05:07 PM
 
Location: StlNoco Mo, where the woodbine twineth
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Arlington Heights Herald July 29, 1977 Pg 3

CHILD-SNATCHING BIRD

https://www.newspapers.com/clip/34115153/giant-bird/






Flying Creature Sightings Texas 1976

Cryptomundo » Mass Flying Creature Sightings In Texas Circa 1976
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Old 09-30-2022, 05:16 PM
 
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I've come across hundreds of stories in old newspapers dealing with ghosts, UFOs, creatures and mysterious people so I figured I would start a thread.
Some of them I had written down but most I only have vague memories. Here is one of the first ones I came across.


1891 Newspaper Headline; GHOST TRAIN SAVES 206

Railroad Engineer Jim Murphy saw the ghostly image of a locomotive highballing toward him on the tracks ahead and, in a rush of panic, brought his own train to a screeching stop--only scant feet from a washed-out bridge.

Murphy's four-car " Prairie Land Express " was bound for St. Louis, Mo., on the stormy night of July 1, 1891, with 206 passengers. It was a destination Murphy's train would never have reached if it had rumbled onto the splintered, twisted bridge that had collapsed only minutes earlier into the raging, flood swollen waters of the Missouri River.

" It was a ghost train that saved us all from a horrible death, " Murphy later wrote of his eerie encounter with the unknown. " When I saw the light of that train coming straight at me, I said, Jimmy, my boy, prepare to meet your maker."
" I hit the brake like a shot and I thought for a moment that the tender was going to climb right into my cab." " It seemed like we skidded along the tracks for miles and I kept seeing the light of that other locomotive dead ahead, only it didn't seem to be getting any closer."

" After I got my train stopped, I started walking down the line toward the other train. I got to within 100 feet of it and I could just make out its shape. There was no mistaking that it was a locomotive, but as I approached it, the engine just started to fade before my eyes. It grew dimmer until I could actually see right through it, then it vanished."

As incredible as Murphy's story sounded, few if any of the folks in those parts thought of him as a nut. They not only knew it was a ghost train that appeared on the tracks that night to prevent a terrible disaster, they also knew which train it was.
Exactly one year to the night earlier, Engineer Patrick O'Malley was at the throttle of an empty freight train that jumped the tracks just as it crossed that very bridge. The train plowed through the steel girders and plunged into the river. O'Malley and his crew died.

" A lot of people would have died if my train would have crossed that bridge, Murphy wrote, but old Patrick and his train came back from the grave to save us all."




There were a rash of ghost train sightings that year across the country.
Spiritualists were very popular in the 19th century.
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Old 09-30-2022, 07:07 PM
 
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Thats cool! Post more when you can! Stuff like that is why I came down here to start with!
Ghost stories (and any other type of story) were a staple of pre-television entertainment, especially around the campfire, but also in homes where electric radio was not available. Today's world has no point of reference for the social circle where each person told their "tales."
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Old 09-30-2022, 07:08 PM
 
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It is certainly entertaining reading but balderdash nonetheless. The conductor surely saw something that alarmed him, but I do not believe it was a ghost train. I have heard similar stories about ships. Some of the stories I read about ships were fascinating, though.
That really isn't the point. It is story telling. No one actually expected it to be true.
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Old 09-30-2022, 07:09 PM
 
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I love these old stories. People were not so skeptical or cynical as our modern society.
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Old 09-30-2022, 10:02 PM
 
Location: StlNoco Mo, where the woodbine twineth
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Ever hear the one about Henry Ziegland's Bullet ?
I first read about it in an old book I got in a used book store that costed me a dime.

https://oldspirituals.com/2019/01/04/1905-hoax/


https://www.ladbible.com/news/man-ki...rlier-20220902




Another story I remember from that book was during WWII when after the U.S. Navy got done shelling the hell out of a Japanese island, a couple of marines were walking along the shore when one of them spotted something familiar sticking out of the mud. It was an old license plate that came off his father's truck in Oklahoma.
Up until the war a lot of our scrap metal went to Japan, one of our ship's big guns probably hit a pile of Japanese scrap metal and blew the plate to where the soldier found it.
The book said he kept it and took it back to his pappy after the war.
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Old 10-01-2022, 06:54 AM
 
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TITANIC



Mummy's Curse

https://jamesmdeem.com/stories.mummy.titanic.html






Last Lifeboat Found


https://timmaltin.com/2019/05/16/titanics-lifeboats/



(This one reminded me of that Night Gallery episode " Sole Survivor."

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Old 10-01-2022, 09:47 AM
 
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Wagon Train Led By A Dead Man 1855




https://www.historylink.org/File/5453






The Somerton Man


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Somerton_Man
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Old 10-01-2022, 01:53 PM
 
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The Great Moon Hoax 1835

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Moon_Hoax





Mist's Weekly Journal Nov. 19, 1726

Mary Toft (1701-1763)
Claimed to have given birth to rabbits.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Toft
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