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Dewey Lake Monster

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The Dewey Lake Monster "Garcon Train Sighting"

The Dewey Lake Monster is the name given to a legendary creature said to be approximately 10 feet (3.0 metres) tall and weighing about 500 pounds (230 kilograms), which first gained wide notoriety in June 1964 after several reported sightings near Dewey Lake in Dowagiac, Michigan.[1] It is also referred to as the "Michigan Bigfoot" and "Sister Lakes Sasquatch".


According to legend, the creature was rumored to dwell primarily along a stretch of swamp-land extending 15 miles (24 kilometres) from Dowagiac/Sister Lakes toward Decatur, Michigan (along Dewey Lake Street). In 1964, the tale gained national attention and caused a flood of curious thrill-seekers and monster-hunters to besiege the local community in the summer of 1964, some of whom offered photographs and plaster casts claimed to be of footprints of the creature.[2]


Former Cass County Sheriff, Paul Parrish, was quoted as saying "it was one of the strangest times" in his "33 years of southwestern Michigan law enforcement." He added: "We investigated it long and hard, but were never able to come up with whatever it was. But some good, honest, legitimate people" reported it.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Eby, John (May 31, 2012). "Dear John: The Sister Lakes monster chase". Ratmalana, Sri Lanka: Leader Publications. Retrieved September 29, 2015.
  2. ^ Zarry, George (October 9, 1964). "Michigan's 'Monster'". The Milwaukee Journal. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Gannett Company. Retrieved January 6, 2018 – via
  3. ^ "Ten People (But Not Deputies) See Monster". The News-Palladium. Benton Harbor, Michigan: Paxton Media Group Inc. June 11, 1964. Retrieved September 11, 2018 – via Facebook.

Further reading[edit]

  • Rome, Rodo J. F. (2016) [2016]. Dewey Lake Monster: The Sightings. pp. 115–120. ASIN B01G7UHLGM.
  • Bord, Janet and Colin, ed. (2006) [1982]. Bigfoot Casebook Updated: Sightings and Encounters from 1818 to 2004. Pine Winds Press. pp. 77–78. ISBN 0-937663-10-7.
  • Coleman, Loren (2007) [2001]. Mysterious America: The Ultimate Guide to the Nation's Weirdest Wonders, Strangest Spots, and Creepiest Creatures. Paraview Pocket Books. pp. 199–200. ISBN 978-1-4165-2736-7.

External links[edit]

  • Dewey Lake Monster, Newspaper Articles [1]