Guest post written by Claudia Hall Christian.
For those of you who don’t know me, I’m an author who writes quirky, fun fiction about good, strong women who find themselves in life changing situations. My specialty is writing traditional serial fiction. This means the story is published as it’s written, in this case, two chapters a month. Through a series of events that can only be called serendipity. I spent much of the last year working on a serial fiction, the Queen of Cool, set in Fort Worth, Texas.
Writing the Queen of Cool was a huge opportunity for me as I’d never written a story outside of my hometown, Denver, Colorado. I’d never been to Fort Worth. I knew only three people who lived in the Dallas Fort Worth area. So this was a big risk, a big challenge and just a freakin’ deal.
Being me, I spent the year immersed in the deeply weird, dark, and wild places of Fort Worth. (The whys of this would require hours on the couch. Suffice it to say that being a little… erm… quirky, the weird tends to find me in a kind of like finds like manner.)
Over the course of the next three days I’m going to share my top five fun and fascinating facts about Fort Worth.
1. A documented sighting of a Bigfoot/Mongollon Monster like creature at Lake Worth or The Lake Worth Monster or Goat man:
In the summer of 1969, there were a number of sightings and incidents involving a half-man, half-goat creature. It was said to stand seven feet tall. This photo was taken by Allen Plaster near Greer Island. Before you dismiss the Goatman as a hoax, here are a few things to consider –
- 40 – 50 people saw this creature over the course of six months. Many unrelated people saw the creature at the time.
- This type of creature have been seen in Texas since the 1800s. There is one described in the “Legends of Texas published by the Texas Folklore Society in 1924. The creature was described as covered in short brown hair and was very fast.” (This link has a great round of the historical sightings of these creatures.)
- The Goat man sighting is considered by actual Bigfoot researchers (yes, there is serious scientific research into the phenomena) as one of the true sightings of these elusive creatures.
Honestly, if I had little boys, I would hype them up with the Goatman story and set them loose on Greer Island. They could run around for an afternoon or ten and you’d all have a blast.
Come back tomorrow to read more of my five fun and quirky things to do in Fort Worth.
Claudia Hall Christian is the author of the Queen of Cool. Set in Fort Worth, the Queen of Cool is an intoxicating ride across a landscape of insurmountable odds, covert government operations, and toxic weapons, where a courageous heroine who risks it all in the name of love. For the rest of April and all of May, you can download the Queen of Cool and set your own price at Smashwords. The book is available in paperback and Kindle at Amazon and our store. The Queen of Cool will be released two chapters a month on the Queen of Cool website. For more information Go to the Queen of Cool Facebook page or follow the Queen of Cool on Twitter. You can find more photos of Fort Worth locations in the Queen of Cool on Pinterest.