Monday, June 14, 2010

Kansas Legend Of " Sinkhole Sam"

Could be America's answer to "Nessie."

Steve Gilliland
Posted Jun 11, 2010 @ 08:44 PM

"Once upon a time near a town known as Inman, in the land of Kansas, a legend was born — a legend that 50 years ago would bring this sleepy little town notoriety for a time. The legend became that of Sink Hole Sam.

Believe it or not, prior to the 1920s, a string of small freshwater lakes stretched across part of central Kansas, coming within a couple miles of the town of Inman. It is reported people from around the state actually came here to fish in those lakes.

Eventually the lakes were drained, leaving Lake Inman, and a few low pockets of water now known as “sinkholes.” Inman Lake remains as the largest natural lake in the state. The largest of the sinkholes took the astonishing name “the big sinkhole.”

Here a legend was born in the form of a large serpent-like creature became Sink Hole Sam. People speculated that Sam had been living in some prehistoric underground cavern that had somehow filled with water from the sinkhole, allowing him to finally venture forth. Evidently no one got close enough to see if the creature should be named Sam or Samantha, but I’ll stay true to the legend and use “him.”

Two Two unidentified Inman men fishing at the sinkhole first reported seeing Sam. Soon after, Inmanites Albert Neufeld and George Regehr also spotted him. Albert sought to save the town by taking pot shots at poor Sam from a nearby bridge (I suspect the bridge was not really all that nearby!) Of course descriptions of the beast varied according to the audience and the time of day, but Sam ended up being a very large snake-like creature, about 15 feet long and the diameter of an automobile tire."

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Leah's Little Bowtique said...

Live in Western KS, and had never heard of this ledgend... do know a person or two from Inman though. I'll have to ask next time I see them. Found you thru etsy.

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