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Today I would like to talk about the "Van Meter Visitor." Back in 1903 in the town of Van Meter Iowa something that couldn't quite be explained happened. Some kind of creature was spotted flying between rooftops. supposedly this strange entity was the size of a man with smooth, bat-like wings. The beast had one horn protruding from it's forehead which emitted a blinding light. Many respected towns people witnessed the entity and some even fired shotguns, possibly wounding it. here is an excerpt from The Des Moines Register:
"THE STORY GOES LIKE THIS: Over a series of nights in the fall of 1903, several respected and prominent men of Van Meter reported a half human, half animal with enormous, smooth bat wings flying about. It let off a powerful stench and scared the daylights out of them because it moved at speeds never seen before. And it shot a blinding light from its horned head. Shots were fired each time, first by implement dealer U.G. Griffith as it flew across building tops. The monster shrugged them off like a minor nuisance. The next night the town doctor and bank cashier Peter Dunn separately saw the creature and opened fire. Dunn even took a plaster cast of the “great three-toed tracks.”
The following night, O.V. White, reportedly a dead-eye with a gun, was awakened from his slumber in his quarters above the hardware store and shot at the creature that was perching atop a telephone pole. This awakened Sidney Gregg, who had been sleeping in his store nearby. Gregg said the monster hopped like a kangaroo. Even the local high school teacher saw it and deemed it some sort of antediluvian monster."
The creature or spirit was followed to an abandoned mine close by the center of town. A group of men posted watch outside of the mine and at one point two of the anomalies flew out and circled around before flying off. The creature returned the next morning to a mob of armed men. The monster used a loud noise and a gut-wrenching stink to defend itself.
Other theories are that the Van Meter visitor could possibly be a ghost. Perhaps it's the spirit of a miner that perished in the nearby mine and maybe that light is a headlamp that miners use. Or could this be a demon? We have all heard descriptions of demons that sound like they could fit the bill.
What do you think happened back in 1903?