THE SALT LAKE SEMI-WEEKLY HERALD. "A 'Monster' Story" FMC II 32
July 14, 1877. From W.P.A. files in Utah Historical Society.
Words: 122. Martha Mead. Jan. 16, 1942.
A correspondent of the Corrinne Record, sends that paper a graphic
account of the discovery at Monument Point, of a large monster in Great
Salt Lake, The discovery is said to have been made by the night hands
at Barnes and Co.'s salt boilers, on the night of the 8th. The story,
briefly, is that strange noises proceeding from the lake have been frequently heard. On the night in question, the men saw "a huge mass of
hide and fin rapidly approaching, and when within a few yards of the
store it raised its enormous head and uttered a terrible bellow." The
men took to their heels, fleeing to the mountains and did not return
until daylight, when the trail of the animal was traced. Rocks were
found to have been turned over by the monster, and the ground had been
turned over by it. J. H. McNeil, one of the men who claim to have
seen the monster, make affidavit to his story in which he says, "It
was a great animal like a crocodile, or alligator, approaching the bank,
but much larger than I had ever heard of one being. It must haye been
seventy-five feet long; but the head was not like an alligator's it
was more like a horse's. When within a few yards of the shore it made
a loud noise and vr^ companion and I fled up the mountain, where we
stayed all night. When we came down in the morning we saw tracks on
the shore, but nothing else."
"The story is probably a hoax; however the editor of the Record
vouches for the correspondent as a man whose veracity cannot be im*-
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