An Excerpt from More History, Mystery, and Hauntings of Southern Illinois by Bruce Cline

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The Hamp Mine Monster

From More History, Mystery, and Hauntings of Southern Illinois by Bruce Cline.

Hardin County has its fair share of strange happenings and the Hamp Mine located near the Rose Creek valley is no exception. The Hamp Mine in the late 1960s was the location of various sightings of what became known as the Hamp Mine Monster. This crypto-creature was described as being a hairy man-like biped that stood about ten feet tall.

Several area residents reported seeing this Bigfoot or Sasquatch lurking around the Hamp Mine late at night. When spotted, the creature would lumber off into the mine. One night, a Hardin County Deputy Sheriff was on routine patrol near the mine when he spotted the monster. The deputy was a very large and intimidating man, but the monster was even bigger and more intimidating. The deputy and monster locked eyes and then the monster took off toward the mine. Grabbing his 30-06 rifle, the deputy started tracking the monster down the dark and lonely mine road.

After a short distance the deputy sighted the monster as it took off at a run towards the mine pit. The monster jumped over the edge and disappeared into the darkness. As the deputy cautiously stepped closer to the edge of the mine pit, he shined his flashlight into the pit hoping to locate the monster. The deputy was mystified when the beam on his flashlight only showed that the only thing in the pit was mine equipment. There was no sight of the monster.

Where did the monster go? No one knows for sure. There are still sightings of Sasquatch like monsters in Hardin County to this day.

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