In search of the cryptid known as the Linwood Woolly Beast.

I’ve lived in and around Anoka County all my life. I’ve always known it’s a creepy place. I know Billy’s Bar and Grill (formerly the Jackson Street Hotel) is supposed to be haunted. I know, back in the late 70s, some folks claimed to have seen bigfoot, prowling up near the county line. I know there are not-so-secret tunnels. (Some say they run under Main Street, others say they run under the Anoka State Hospital.)

I did not know about the Linwood Woolly Beast. Apparently, it is white and moose-sized, with the head of a goat. It likes to gallop through the fields on either side of county road 22 – a road I drive on pretty much every day.

I have found my mission.

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Yes. I’m being snarky. Chalk it up to my irritation with the caliber of the information I waded through tonight, when I went looking on the internet for local paranormal sightings. Everything I found was either too vague to be useful or too sensational to be even close to credible.

I did my best. I was able to create a short list of possible investigation sites. I just have to remember that all I’m really looking for is hot-spots where different people, at different times, and under different circumstances, have noted feeling as though something was off. That’s as good a place to start as any.

PS:  By now you probably know that I like to include a visual with my posts … and that I would just about kill for an artist’s rendition of the Linwood Woolly Beast.

Come on. You know you want to. If you draw it, I will post it.

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10 Comments on “In search of the cryptid known as the Linwood Woolly Beast.”

  1. Good luck with the investigation– you make me want to review p.n. activity around my area. I read up on it a few years back, but the memory has faded. I do remember the Maco Light out in the Green Swamp. That I believe is the be-headed ghost of a railroad worker who shines a lantern near the old train tracks.
    Your beast is intriguing!

  2. Diana says:

    I actually *am* tempted to paint it. I may be getting back to you… it sounds like a fabulous beast.

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  4. john says:

    my brother and i have spent a lot nights out in there and by the boardwalk and besides scaring ourselves we never saw anything

  5. Bob says:

    Funny thing while reading these comments…I am that willing brother haha. My brother John and I have been out in those woods many times since we were kids. I never heard of this “beast” until my brother brought it up. Interest is now peaked…

  6. Mark says:

    I have cean big foot out there


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