North American history is full of strange animal and so-called monster clubs. The mysterious forests, plains, swamps and mountains hid secrets that captivated people and fueled legends and stories about family flocks.
The sightings of monsters were as popular in the 19th century and early 1900s as they are today. Instead of publishing their sightings on social media accounts, the people of the past went to the newspapers where their stories were published and immortalized. And that means of course that they can still be read today.
10 half-man and half-frog
The idea of water or amphibian men is nothing new. Since antiquity, humans have discovered these strange creatures around the world. A recent sighting from 1902, however, took place in North America.
According to a newspaper report, half a frog creature came from Colonial Lake, a tidal pond in South Carolina. It was late at night, and witnesses said the curious creature crept onto the shore and began to make strange noises. According to some reports, it may have been emergency calls, but after about 30 minutes, the creature returned to the water.
The event was observed by a truck driver, a carpenter, and many other people traveling late at night. According to a Zimmermann statement:
It was too horrible to describe. The head was like a giant frog. The big, protruding eyes burned in a glaring light. It had arms and shoulders like a man, but the body narrowed like a snake. It was covered with large, greenish scales, and I should say it was at least eight feet long from head to tail. His mouth was filled with crooked fangs, which he snapped together with a fiendish click. 
9 Disappearing in the Green Smoke
Wildcats sightings and black panther sightings have always been a popular topic in newspapers. However, this particular attraction in Slick, Oklahoma, was a little different from the other stories of the wildcats.
In the summer of 1921, people began to see an unusual wildcat. A report states: "The monster was seen [ . . . ] by a woman and two children picking blackberries in a swamp on a hill on the outskirts of town. It spat fire, growled violently, making a strange howl as it spotted the trio vanishing in a sudden burst of speed and green smoke. 
A local reporter and scientist headed for the swamp to find the spitfire cat. The scientist made impressions of the cat's big, unknown footprints and muttered, "Wildcat, but not always." The reporter wanted to follow in the footsteps to find the cat, but the scientist did not want to go any further.
8 Georgia's Hairy Man Monster
Long before the creatures were called "Bigfoot," there were strange sightings in the mountains of Georgia. An earlier report from the summer of 1812 reports how a hunter group came across a 2.4-meter high human creature. It was covered with bluish hair and had big ears, similar to the ears of a donkey. 
Two years later, a group of adventurers from Virginia decided to find the mysterious man. Monster. As they traveled through the undeveloped land, they spoke to numerous locals who either believed that the hairy man existed, or they had seen the creature itself. Fortunately for the monster, the group of men could not find their home.
To this day, Wanderer and Bigfoot researchers claim to have seen or heard the mysterious monsters in Georgia.
7 Duchesne River Monster
A post-dealer visited the Ute people in Eastern Utah in 1889 and began talking to them about their culture, parenting and local industry. Soon, the conversation turned to local superstition, and the dealer, who was accompanied by a local newspaper reporter, was informed about the Duchesne River monster.
According to the Ute, there is a place near the head of the Duchesne inhabited by "a terrible monster, a half man and a half animal, with all the powers of a bad spirit."  The monster lived in the valley, and the locals avoided traveling to the area because they believed the creature would kill them when it got wind of them.
Of course, the reporter believed instead of believing in the Ute that people mistook the half-man monster for the Gila monsters of Arizona. However, this does not make much sense as Gila monsters were recognized among Native Americans as animals rather than true monsters.
6 The Redhead Devil
The New York State had its own unique monster problems in 1891. Residents near Gravesend Beach claimed that they had seen some kind of devil and described it as a "monster that was completely destroyed." covered with hair, with red whiskers and a satanic howl. "  People were afraid of the mind, and it was reported that women and men stayed in the apartment instead of leaving at night. Unionville was also terrorized by the red-haired devil. One night, a train officer saw the strange creature, and he said it was rumbling like thunder, grinning in the most horrible way, then moving on. The train official said he did not believe in ghosts and decided to pursue it. The man held a monkey key and followed the creature for 3.2 kilometers. Then it vanished so suddenly in front of him that the man gasped in fear.
After that, many people came forward and said they saw the creature. While the witnesses were described as intelligent, a newspaper article dared to say that the creature most likely was a man in a bear suit, terrifying the inhabitants for their own thrill.
5 Half-Man And Half-Dog
There was something disturbing in Virginia. In 1882 it was reported that a large number of people in greater Petersburg had discovered half an animal half and a half beast. People were so scared that they always asked police escorts if they had to travel to the neighborhood at night.
Three years later, and more than 160 kilometers away, the people of Lynchburg, Virginia had similar sightings. In this case, the monster was described as half man and half dog. It was observed how children were persecuted who believed the monster would want to eat them.  
In both cases, newspaper reports coined the dog man's stories to be told superstitious, uneducated people. There were no other theories about what the creature or creatures could have been. However, dog-man sightings take place today in the state of Virginia.
4 Idaho's Man Covering Hair
It was a cold winter in Chesterfield, Idaho, 1902. The young adults, who liked to socialize, spent time outdoors, went to the local river, and took off his skates on.
As they skidded and slid across the river, a strange figure appeared. It was 2.4 meters high, covered with hair and wore a club. The human-like creature uttered strange screams, and the young people went crazy about their cars. They fled unhurt.
After reaching their little town, they told their parents and neighbors what they had seen. It was not long before the older adults returned to the scene. There they discovered footprints 56 centimeters long and 18 centimeters wide. The creature had only four toes on each foot. 
When people started talking to each other, they found that similar prints had been discovered in the past, albeit farther down the river.
Idaho bigfoot sightings are still common today.
3 It turned outward
Something strange plagued the cattlemen of Bloody Basin, Arizona, in 1913, and there were reports of men selling, packing and leaving the area just to avoid what whatever it was.
According to one witness, he and two other cadets crossed the hills when they saw a strange-looking creature in front of them. The men were so scared they shoved their weapons into the thing.
It had no purpose. According to the animal, the beast was unharmed:
Lightning struggled, and one side actually went through the other. In other words, it has put itself on the wrong side, has turned around, has changed, restructured, changed its general plan and its specifications, so that the long legs have shifted to the side just occupied by the short ones. Then he fled around the hill with a roar and a jerk of his back. 
Arizona continues to offer strange creature sightings as well as UFO sightings and Bigfoot.
2 Pennsylvania Devil
A strange creature was seen in 1910 in Springvale, Pennsylvania. Locals called it a devil, and it was compared to the Jersey Devil, who had acted at Pine Barrens again.
William Smuck, a native of Springvale, saw the creature first-hand and said she looked like a big dog, but had hind legs like a kangaroo's. Other people who saw it compared their fur with porcupine feathers, but no one was brave enough to show themselves over and over again whenever it showed.
After the creature was accused of tearing a domestic dog apart, people were afraid of going out at night. When they had to leave, they did so in groups, and many carried shotguns and rifles with them.
According to the locals, the devil was ruthless. It moved like a panther, was fast and hunted among the local farms. 
1 Gloomy Swamp Monster
While people in other parts of the United States dismiss the Virginians as overweight, the Virginians themselves had a terrible animal problem in 1902. This is not surprising as the Virginians had problems with a dogman 20 years before this recent incident.
According to old newspaper reports, there was something of the murky swamp area and began to eat the dogs and cattle of the people. The creature, which allegedly had eyes that glowed like phosphorous in the dark, was hunted and allegedly killed.
Shortly thereafter, another Dismal Swamp monster came out to terrorize the neighborhood. A farmer testified how the strange creature had killed seven of his dogs, but as he pursued it with a gun, the creature attacked him and tore his clothes to pieces. 
Another neighbor saw the creature. He described it as an animal larger than a wolf, "with shaggy yellow hair, long head, and sunken eyes." About two weeks later it was reported that the creature had been killed again, but this time described as a wolf, but much larger.
Today, the area of Dismal Swamp is often visited by people searching for the ever-fugitive Bigfoot, which was discovered in the area by numerous eyewitnesses. 19659053] Elizabeth is a freelance full-time writer and likes to research early American history. When she's not busy searching newspaper archives, she usually travels to historic sites in the US.