Posted by: Loren Coleman on January 24th, 2011
More appreciated sharing from the archives of Jerome Clark:
Mitchell Evening Republican
Mitchell, South Dakota]
June 2, 1925
Kentucky Section Is Terrorized by An Immense Snake
Greenville, Ky., June 2. – A huge, strange reptile is reported from the Pond river bottoms of this county, many persons declaring to have seen it. Its presence is causing great alarm.
The reptile has been inhabiting that section two or three weeks. Stories of the reptile’s size vary; some persons say it is 17 to 22 feet long, and from 10 to 15 inches in diameter. It is said to be brownish in color, large black spots covering the body.
One man who described his experience with the monster, says he was driving a team of mules hitched to a wagon along the route which led through woods when he heard a great crashing in the underbrush and the great snake raced into the roadway onto the wagon. The snake, he says, became entangled in the front wheels of the vehicle and lifted its head above the dashboard with its huge mouth wide open. The driver says he leaped to the ground and ran,
abandoning his mules and wagon.
Glancing back over his shoulder he says he saw the snake overturn the wagon, whereupon the mules ran away, demolishing the wagon.