|Theories|| · Cryptid|
· Large snake
The Jackson Dragon was a massive serpent encountered by a farmer named Jacob Rishel, described in a newspaper account from 1879. Rishel was passing through a field in Jackson Township on August 16 when he was attacked by a massive serpent-like monster.
Rishel grabbed a scythe from a nearby barn. His first blow severed one of its horn. After the creature becoming snagged in the prongs of a reaping machine, Rishel was able to decapitate it.
The creature appeared to be a massive snake as thick as a barrel, but with horns above each eye. Rishel and some friends measured the snake to be 34 feet in length. The head was small and flat, and the creature was similar in color to a garter snake.
There are several explanations as to what the creature could be. Theories include:
- An undiscovered species (a Cryptid)
- A giant snake
- The snake was stuffed and the skin was supposedly shipped to a Chicago museum. The skin never reached Chicago and no record of it remains.