The Wabash River Man

mjkopala

BLOOMINGDALE, United States

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THE WABASH RIVER MAN was found by two deer hunters frozen in ice in 1963 along the Wabash River in Central Illinois. About five feet tall, it appeared to be neither man nor ape but a combination of both. The hunters carved out an ice block with the creature inside it and stored in one of their freezers.

When their neighbor Alvin Cremintins, Jr. (owner if the famed Cremintins Carnival) heard about the find, he quickly purchased it (and by all accounts became obsessed with the River Man). Was this the Missing Link so desperately searched for by scientists? Alvin, Jr. knew the best way to have the public become aware of this discovery was to exhibit it in his Traveling Carnival. For twenty five cents people throughout the Midwest were able to stare at and be awed by it.

Unfortunately, by 1969 the creature was starting to decompose, so it was withdrawn from the carnival and donated to a local junior college for further study.

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