Editor’s notice: This story was first printed in Oct. 28, 2011. With Halloween simply over two weeks away, The Herald is re-posting this story that analyzes the historical past of certainly one of Dickson County’s tallest tales.
In the event you’ve lived in Dickson County for some time, you’ve in all probability heard some point out of Lycan Springs.
Native instructor Sam Brown heard the legend concerning the mysterious half-wolf, half-man roaming Lycan Springs when he was a toddler rising up in Burns within the ’60s.
Lifelong Dickson County resident Craig Anderson additionally heard tales as a toddler of the county’s lycan, and famous the parable is certainly one of Dickson’s largest legends.
Anderson and Brown collaborated for an episode of The Renaissance Heart’s manufacturing of “Darkish Encounters Investigated,” throughout which they retold the legend of Lycan Springs. The episode aired all through 2003 on Channel 19.
Within the late 1860s, a circus practice derailed alongside the railroad observe that skirts the southwest boundary of the current Montgomery Bell State Park. A number of circus animals escaped, together with two creatures touted as “The Wolfmen of Borneo.” All of the animals had been recovered, besides the wolfmen.
A pair years later, a neighborhood landowner and his employed hand had been touring by wagon down a rustic highway, within the proximity of the place Freeway 47 runs southwest of the park. They had been heading from the current day Burns space to a homestead close to the Harpeth River.
The vacationers had been stalked by a wild creature within the neighborhood of Lycan Springs. They moved sooner and sooner making an attempt to shake the creature, nevertheless it was no use. So that they deserted the wagon and bumped into the forest in reverse instructions.
The creature pursued the employed hand, who was by no means seen once more. The landowner heard a blood-curdling scream and pleas for mercy from the employed hand, however his physique was by no means discovered.
Following this incident, a posse gathered to search out and kill the beast. They headed to a clearing close to the springs, the place it appeared a predator regularly hunted. They tethered a goat in the course of the clearing and broke off in pairs, surrounding the goat and underneath cowl.
A sasquatch-like creature entered the clearing and headed straight for the goat. The lads fired on the creature, after which lit their lanterns to see if it was useless. The creature and the goat had vanished, together with two members of the posse.
A giant-game hunter then tried to slay the beast. The hunter spent three nights in a cabin close to Lycan Springs. All was quiet the primary two nights, however the hunter needed to combat for his life the ultimate night.
He heard howls within the distance, and took purpose from a cabin window at what seemed to be the creature. He fired, however the shot solely provoked the animal. The beast broke by means of the cabin door, however the hunter had positioned himself within the rafters and commenced firing at it.
The bullets didn’t faze the creature because it swiped and clawed on the hunter, whose ammunition, by now, was down to 2 photographs in a pistol. He was saved, nevertheless, when the solar started to rise and the creature fled into the woods.
That is the tough account Brown heard as a Cub Scout, tenting within the space often called Lycan Springs. The realm known as Lycan Springs is definitely Corridor Springs, presently accessed by means of Montgomery Bell State Park’s 11-mile in a single day climbing path.
Mark Corlew, a longtime Burns resident and former MBSP naturalist and ranger, defined the Corridor household homestead was situated about 150 yards from Corridor Springs (Lycan Springs), between the springs and Corridor Cemetery.
The Halls had been certainly one of a number of households who lived throughout the park boundaries earlier than the land was ever designated for park house.
The in a single day path passes in entrance of Corridor Cemetery and loops round to Corridor Springs, the place contemporary water bubbles to the floor from an underground water desk. The spring then flows into the current day Lake Woodhaven, due north of the spring supply.
The beast was rumored to have lived in a collapse Creech Hole. Extra accounts of the lycan embrace the mysterious disappearance of just a little lady who vanished whereas fetching water from Corridor Springs. She was by no means discovered, however a number of animal and human bones had been present in a collapse Creech Hole.
The Creech Hole caves now relaxation on the backside of the park’s Creech Hole Lake. Brown famous a number of mule and horse bones have been discovered within the space close to Lycan Springs. This bone web site, nevertheless, served as a standard dumping floor for the animals by pre-park residents.
Brown, who labored for the park for 23 years, really discovered a cabin close to Lycan Springs, the place the hunter supposedly fought off the beast. He hiked the realm as a 12-year-old Boy Scout, following an previous path that started on the fireplace tower within the southernmost level of the park to a cemetery close to the springs and on right into a valley.
Later in life, Brown returned to the previous path and located the deserted cabin. The cabin has since collapsed, however an outhouse nonetheless stands. He famous the bottom across the cabin appeared to have been cultivated at one time, because it confirmed indicators of repeated plowing.
Traveler, employed hand
Iron Ore magnate Montgomery Bell mined the park’s land within the mid-1800s, and can also be a part of the lycan legend. Bell was typically rumored to have been the landowner attacked by the beast whereas touring the nation highway towards his house on the Harpeth River.
Brown defined Bell couldn’t probably have been the traveler, for the reason that story originates with the circus practice derailment. Bell died in 1855.
Dickson Mannequin Railroad Membership’s Rick Hughes famous the rail line by means of the park wasn’t accomplished till the Civil Conflict, when slaves, freemen and U.S. Coloured Troops prolonged the Nashville and North-Western (army) Railroad line from Kingston Springs to Dickson at Mile Put up 42 and on to (New) Johnsonville.
Hughes mentioned the rail line wouldn’t have been used outdoors of army shipments till after the warfare. He additionally referenced a number of practice wrecks alongside the road when trains ran from Nashville to Memphis.
The previous rail line runs its unique path by means of the park, added Hughes. The tracks have been modernized, and alterations made at factors alongside the route, however the primary path continues to be the identical.
Truth or fiction, you determine. However the legend of Lycan Springs will seemingly stay on as a tall story treasured by Dickson Countians for years to come back.
If fascinated about climbing to Corridor Springs (Lycan Springs), go to the park’s primary workplace for maps and in a single day tenting data.
Corridor Springs resident debunks lycan delusion
Editor’s notice: The next story excerpt, additionally written by former Herald reporter Josh Arntz, was printed December 2011, shortly after the primary Lycan Springs story.
Charlotte resident Frances Allen remembers the refreshingly chilly and clear water that bubbled from Corridor Springs in her youth. She remembers the picture of her grandfather studying his Bible underneath a lamp within the previous log cabin close to the spring.
Allen, nevertheless, doesn’t ever recall a lycan romping round Corridor Springs, aka Lycan Springs. She mentioned her grandson, nevertheless, is accustomed to the legend.
Within the Oct. 28 version of The Herald, I wrote an article detailing the legendary “Wolfman of Borneo,” who escaped a circus practice that derailed outdoors Burns within the mid-1800s. The beast has been rumored to stalk the realm surrounding Corridor Springs ever since.
Allen grew up on the land surrounding the spring and Corridor Cemetery in Montgomery Bell State Park in Burns. She was fast to let me know she had by no means heard of, nor encountered, a lycan throughout her childhood close to Corridor Springs.
Allen, whose mom Minnie Josephine Eleazer was a Corridor, celebrated her 84th birthday Tuesday. The day additionally marked the one hundred and twentieth wedding ceremony anniversary for her late grandparents, Elbert “Ebb” and Arizona “Zonie” Meek Corridor, who raised Minnie and their youngsters close to Corridor Spring.
Allen recalled her grandfather Ebb pulling a seat near a lamp so he might learn his Bible and puff on his pipe, which left singed pages within the holy textual content.
The land that fostered the previous Corridor homesteads close to Corridor Springs is sacred to Allen, she defined as she sifted by means of the traditional pages and photographs unfold throughout one finish of her eating room desk.
The desk was stacked with handwritten and printed histories, fading photographs and preserved authorized paperwork, all saved by her mom. We needed to unplug Allen’s laptop computer to clear room for my spot on the desk.
When the Halls lived on the current state park land, Allen recalled Corridor Springs was the “massive spring” with the “clearest, prettiest” water to quench your thirst. The household planted corn and different subsistence crops in her grandfather’s bottomland.
“That’s all they did, there was nothing else to do,” famous Allen.
Allen’s grandfather bought the land to the federal authorities for a deliberate leisure demonstration space crafted from “submarginal land,” now often called Montgomery Bell State Park. Park guests can entry the spring by means of a 10-mile in a single day path.
Allen possesses the contract documenting the sale of Marland A. Baker’s land, encompassing the spring space, to the Submarginal Land Program for $20 per acre for 100 acres.
“I wager they thought they had been wealthy once they received (the cash),” mentioned Allen. “That was some huge cash again then.”
The contract is dated Feb. 28, 1935 and defines the property within the fifth Civil District of Dickson County, bordered by neighbors – east by E.J. Corridor; south and west by A.J. Richardson; and north by D.G. Luther.
The contract states this system sought to preserve pure sources and to rehabilitate folks dwelling on submarginal lands. The Nationwide Park Service and the Civilian Conservation Corp started growth in 1935 of the Montgomery Bell Nationwide Recreation Demonstration Space.
Allen was a bit puzzled how Baker, who’s mom was a Corridor, got here to personal the land, and reckoned her grandfather will need to have bought a portion of the property to him. Baker’s contract retained one acre of the land for the Corridor household cemetery.
Allen famous the household saved this doc as proof they owned the cemetery.
The cemetery has served as an vital gathering place for the household. Halls would coalesce each Labor Day to keep up the hallowed grounds. Allen recalled a dinner accompanying the event, with everybody sitting on the bottom to eat.
“I don’t know the way we saved the ants away,” Allen mused concerning the dinners. “I think about we simply ate ’em too.”