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The Pull-Toy Series No. 11 – White River Willy – Sea Serpent
19″l x 9″w x 8 1/4″t
White Pine, Found Wood, Steel, Leather, Pewter, Found Wood, Brass
The Hamilton County (Indiana) historian recently approached me and shared a story that he discovered about a giant serpent discovered a few blocks from my home in 1892. The entire story may be found by visiting my website at 50littlebirds.com.
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Posted in The Pull-Toy Series, tagged folk art, folk lore, folklore, legend, monster, myth, Noblesville, pull, pull toy, sea monster, sea serpent, serpent, toy on January 9, 2017|
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Noblesville (Indiana) Democrat for July 15, 1892
A Big Snake Story
Last Friday morning Samuel Applegate and George Farris, two young men of this city whose reputation for truth and veracity cannot be questioned, saw a strange sight which they converse very freely about. They were driving north on the Cicero Pike between the Lake Erie car bridge and the wagon bridge when their attention was attracted towards White River when they noticed what they at first supposed to be a large dog splashing in the water. Closer observation changed their opinion as to the character of the animal. A few moments later they saw the entire body of the monster, which had the form of a huge serpent twelve feet in length and perhaps three feet in circumference with a forked tail. On catching a glimpse of a man, the animal immediately disappeared and has not been seen since. It is supposed that it came down White River from some larger body of water during the recent floods.
In the 1820s this monster, painted by Indiana artist George Winters, was said to inhabit Lake Manitou in Fulton County.
When Hamilton County Historian, David Heighway, shared this story with me the wheels started turning. Why wouldn’t I carve the Noblesville Sea Monster?
We will see where this leads over the next few weeks.
For more information about the Noblesville Sea Monster read David Heighway’s article here.
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