A Brief History Of The Intriguing Goatman!

Goatman may not have the cultural cachet of Bigfoot, but the satyr-like creature is a minor celebrity in certain parts of the United States. Never heard of the elusive cryptid? He’s been around since the Eisenhower era. Originally spotted in Maryland in 1957, Goatman is usually described as a horned man with the cloven hooves of an ungulate. Although every state has its own take on Goatman, everyone seems to agree on one key point: he doesn’t take kindly to hikers. Here’s a primer on three of the most pervasive Goatman legends in the United States.

1. Goatman (Washington County, Wisconsin)
Washington County’s monster-in-residence was first encountered in the 1870s. According to local legend, a newlywed couple decided to traverse an isolated mountain road at night (never a good idea). When they ran into wagon trouble, the bride’s courageous husband left to get help (an even worse idea). Several hours later, she heard strange snuffling noises around the wagon. When she got up the courage to peek outside, “a terrible form stood in the moonlight. It was a creature covered in coarse red hair standing on two legs like a man, but with the horned head and long muzzle of a goat.” We’ll spare you the gory details, but things didn’t end well for the groom.

2.The Pope Lick Monster (Louisville, KY)
In Kentucky, Goatman is commonly referred to as the ‘The Pope Lick Monster.” Named after a local creek, the Pope Lick Monster has the distinction of being the most bloodthirsty of his kind. The most popular local origin story involves a mysterious circus owner named Silas Garner (Couch was never able to find any trace of him):

“According to legend, in the late 1800s, a strange satyr-like creature was said to stalk the vast woodlands of Canada. When word of this oddity reached Garner, he offered a handsome reward for its safe capture. Eventually, the beast was apprehended. The monstrosity proved a hit and became the star attraction of Garner’s famed freak show. The greedy promoter made more than enough money to cover the hefty bounty he’d paid for its capture. All was going magnificently for Silas, until one tempestuous night as his train rocketed through the wilderness of western Kentucky. The stars were blotted out, the wind wailed like a demon, and lightning struck the tracks, derailing the train. Everyone and everything on board was killed, except for the Goatman.”

Goatman is resilient. After the horrific accident, he made his way to Pope Lick Trestle, just outside of Louisville, where he remains to this day.

3. Goatman (Prince George’s County, Maryland)
Last but not least, we bring you the original Goatman. Now a bonafide tourist attraction, Maryland’s sinister satyr has appeared in documentaries, horror films, and comic books:

“But decades before Maryland’s favorite monster was utilized for entertainment, he was a very real terror to the people in and around Bowie, Maryland, a once rural community located in Prince George’s County, just outside of sprawling Washington, DC. The Maryland Goatman’s menace reached its pinnacle in the early 1970s. By this point, numerous legends about the creature had proliferated. While some of the legends involve a deranged human hermit, most center on a murderous half-man, half-goat hybrid. The Goatman originally lurked in the woods around Fletchertown Road in Bowie, where it was said he would attack teenage couples or kill pets that wandered into his woods.”

Source: http://historybuff.com/a-brief-history-of-the-goatman-x5yjqOG4qeN4

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Co-founder & lead investigator of Paranormal Encounters. I've experienced the paranormal all my life, having encountered ghosts, angels and demons. I live in a haunted house and when not exploring and researching the unknown, I enjoy single malt Scotch whisky & potato chips (though not necessarily at the same time).