A Map of Famous Mythical Creatures in Every U.S. State

Posted by John Duffley
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My pap used to tell us about the time he saw the Loch Ness Monster. Now, I'm not talking about grandpa jokes and spooky fairy tales about alleged sightings. Pap actually SAW the Loch Ness Monster. It was an early morning when a young, U.S. Merchant Marine gazed upon the fabled sea monster descending into Scotland's Loch Ness. Natural history be damned, Nessie was "real" that day.

You can trace wild tales of mythical creatures to Ancient Greek Mythology, where The Chimera -- a fire-breathing female monster with a lion's head, a goat's body, and a serpent's tail -- is introduced in Homer's Iliad. Minotaurs, basilisks, centaurs, cyclops, krakens, goblins, gnomes, golems, harpies, leprechauns, ogres, sasquatch, yetis and even Dracula himself scared the crap out of kids around the world for centuries. Even in the United States, there are famous mythological creatures that adorn every state's history.

Dubbed "The American Bestiary," SavingSpot and CashNetUSA compiled a list of the old wives' tales and wild animal humanoids that allegedly have been seen across the United States. This list features everything from mountain whales to Bigfoot's half-human cousins to airplane-sized predator birds. We can't get enough of these mythical beasts.

As a Pennsylvania native who grew up with pap's stories, all I can say is this: The Squonk is 100 percent real.

Popular Mythical Creatures in the United States

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Alabama - White Thang

Alaska - Tizheruk

Arizona - Mogollon Monster

Arkansas - Fouke Monster

California - Dark Watchers

Colorado - Slide-Rock Bolter

Connecticut - Melon Heads

Delaware - Selbyville Swamp Monster

Florida - Skunk Ape

Georgia - Altamaha-ha

Hawaii - Menehune

Idaho - Sharlie

Illinois - The Enfield Horror

Indiana - Beast of Busco

Iowa - Van Meter Monster

Kansas - Sink Hole Sam

Kentucky - The Kelly Little Green Men

Louisiana - Rougarou

Maine - Specter Moose

Maryland - Chessie

Massachusetts - Dover Demon

Michigan - The Michigan Dogman

Minnesota - Wendigo

Mississippi - Pascagoula River Aliens

Missouri - Momo

Montana - Shunka Warak'in

Nebraska - Alkali Lake Monster

Nevada - Tahoe Tessie

New Hampshire - Wood Devils

New Jersey - Jersey Devil

New Mexico - Teratorns

New York - Champ

North Carolina - The Beast of Bladenboro

North Dakota - Thunderbird

Ohio -- Loveland Frogmen

Oklahoma - Oklahoma Octopus

Oregon - Colossal Claude

Pennsylvania - The Squonk

Rhode Island - Vampire Mercy Brown

South Carolina - Lizard Man of Scape Ore Swamp

South Dakota - Taku-He

Tennessee - Tennessee Wildman

Texas - Chupacabra

Utah - Bear Lake Monster

Vermont - Northfield Pigman

Virginia - Snallygaster

Washington - Bigfoot

West Virginia - Mothman

Wisconsin - The Beast of Bray Road

Wyoming - Jackalope

Be honest, have you seen any of these creatures in your home state? Let us know in the comments!

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A Map of Famous Mythical Creatures in Every U.S. State