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JL
- 403 days ago - fearsomecreaturesofthelumberwoods.com
In 1910 William Thomas Cox, Minnesota's first state forester, completed a fantasy field guide to the wild, imaginary beasts of the United States. Fearsome Creatures of the Lumberwoods is full of tall tales that Cox recorded from logging camps.



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JL A. (270)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 6:09 pm
Wild & Weird: Snoligosters, Gumberoos and Other Extinct Imaginary Beasts

LightningIn 1910 William Thomas Cox, Minnesota's first state forester, completed a fantasy field guide to the wild, imaginary beasts of the United States. Fearsome Creatures of the Lumberwoods is full of tall tales that Cox recorded from logging camps.

Meet the "snoligoster," an immense crocodilian swamp monster of the Southeast that, limbless, moved through the mire hunting woodcutters by way of a propeller-tipped tail; get to know the "tote-road shagamaw," a northeastern biped that could swap hooves for paws, confusing loggers by leaving tracks that changed from moose to bear and back again.

Cox's lumberjack yarns were retold from camp to camp and evolved as loggers left the felled forests of the East for virgin groves out West, where he collected stories of even more critters -- for example, the hairless "gumberoo" of the Pacific Coast, a bear-like creature with rubber buttocks that could bounce bullets back at hunters.

Read the full version of this fanciful guide to the mythical monsters of American logger culture.
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Terry V. (30)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 6:16 pm
Bookmarked to read later and SHARED.
Many thanks from a Minnesotan LOVE THE DEDICATION LOL


Affectionately dedicated to the Con-
Catenated Order of Hoo-Hoo and all
who know the fellowship of the woods
 

JL A. (270)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 6:21 pm
You are welcome Terry! You cannot currently send a star to Terry because you have done so within the last day.
 

Christeen Anderson (425)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 6:22 pm
I am quite interested in this. Thanks for sharing.
 

Kit B. (277)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 6:30 pm

Now there is book worth buying, what fun to read these stories. I just added this to my list.
 

JL A. (270)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 6:32 pm
You are welcome Christeen,
You cannot currently send a star to Kit because you have done so within the last day.
 

Sherri G. (109)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 7:31 pm
Thanks JL for sharing.
 

Jenny Dooley (830)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 7:31 pm
Wonderful! So glad you added this to C2NN so we could all give our imaginations a delightful experience. Thanks JL
 

JL A. (270)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 7:44 pm
You are welcome Sherri and Thubten.
 

Jerry B. (118)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 9:50 pm
Noted excellent..thanks JL.
 

JL A. (270)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 10:04 pm
You are welcome Jerry.
 

John Gregoire (248)
Monday March 18, 2013, 6:53 am
Great post-thanks
 

JL A. (270)
Monday March 18, 2013, 7:29 am
You are welcome John
 

Michael Kirkby (82)
Monday March 18, 2013, 9:27 am
Must have been the mushrooms.
 

Carol D. (98)
Monday March 18, 2013, 11:22 am
Its amazing what imaginations and superstitions people had long ago Sounds interesting

Noted thanks
 

JL A. (270)
Monday March 18, 2013, 4:49 pm
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