Posted by: Loren Coleman on April 27th, 2007
Women See Sea Serpent [at] Devil’s Lake, N.D., Campers Are Thrown Into Panic Over Discovery of Monster.
Campers on the Chautauqua ground at Devil’s Lake, N.D., were thrown into consternation one night recently by the appearance of what is thought to be a sea serpent in Devil’s lake. Mrs. Edgar La Rue, wife of a prominent newspaper man; Mrs. F. Craig, wife of a banker of Leeds, N.D., and Mrs. Carr Cleveland, wife of a prominent business man of this city, were strolling along the beach when their attention was attracted by a great disturbance in the lake about a mile from the shore.
Securing opera glasses, they beheld the head and body of an enormous animal swimming toward the north shore, leaving a trail of foam in its wake. Its head was large and snake-like and apparently of enormous length. Its body appeared thickly covered with large black scales. The women were terrified and went in search of their husbands. Parties armed with rifles are patrolling the shores, but nothing more has been seen of the serpent.
A party of Indians later reached town and told of seeing the serpent earlier in the day, thus confirming the story of the women.Washington Bee, September 17, 1904
For more information on the notion that names given to certain areas hide the deeper history of cryptozoological encounters and other wonders at specific locations, please see Chapter 3, “Devil Names and Fortean Places,” in Mysterious America: The Ultimate Guide to the Nation’s Weirdest Wonders, Strangest Spots, and Creepiest Creatures (2007).
Thanks for this historical item from Jerome Clark.