Florida Monster Slain (1902 news article)

// July 17th, 2016 // Historic Archive

I ran across the following newspaper article from 1902.  It brought to mind stories of the Monster Mudwamp thought to at one time occupied the area around Lake Okeechobee.

The Sunday Morning Age
Sunday, January 5, 1902
Florida Monster Slain

An enormous reptile, more like the mythical dragon than a land serpent, has been killed by a hunter in the Lower-Everglades.

For one hundred years it has not only been a tradition among the Seminole Indians, who inhabited the borders of Lake Okeechobee, but it is stated as fact within the knowledge of some of the Indians now living that an immense serpent made its home in the Everglades and has carried off at least two Indians.

Recently, Buster Ferrel, one of the boldest and most noted hunters in Okeechobee, who for twenty years has made the border of the lake and the Everglades his home, on one of this periodical expeditions into one of these lonesome wilds, noted what he supposed to be the pathway of

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