For centuries, tales depicting the existence of the Beaman Monster in Kansas City have circulated. However, there is no proof that such a creature exists. The common tale stipulates that in 1904, a circus train derailed. During the crash, its animals escaped, but were quickly retrieved. Unfortunately, one of the biggest and most-feared animals, a "12-foot-tall gorilla" had eluded capture. The tales claim that the Beaman Monster was the offspring of the circus animal escapee.