Monster In A News Clipping
In April of 2014 my family and I visited the Creation Museum in Petersburg Kentucky. I really enjoy museums. I may not appear to, because the information overload can really tire me out, but I do! My family is one of those who take 2-3 times the suggested length of time to tour a museum. I don't know how they come up with their times, but we're always exploring much longer than they say it will take.
In the front lobby area of the Creation Museum there are a number of displays with old stories of dragon fights. They're filled with fascinating information and observations that many families miss because they're in such a hurry to get into the museum. At the end of the series on dragons was a display with the news article you see here.
This little bitty article inspires me. It doesn't say much, but it says enough. 2 Cowboys were out riding their horses and come upon a great flying serpent, possibly a pterodactyl. They chase it down and eventually kill it. There's probably more to the story, but that's all the clipping tells.
Today we live in a world that teaches us solid foundations in certain areas. One of the foundations taught in public schools is that dinosaurs lived millions of years ago and they all died out from some terrible tragedy like a meteor strike or a terrific ice age.
But public school science classes overlook history. There are ancient stories from the 1st AD millennium that tell stories of the battles between brave armies, or even warriors, and dragons or dangerous beasts. During the late 1200's Marco Polo recorded sightings of dragons in the East. He told of hunters that were paid to track and kill the beasts. (http://www.forbidden-history.com/marco-polo.html)
Most of these stories are considered legends and are therefore deemed fictional. But doesn't it seem funny that countries all over the world have similar stories. How did these different cultures all individually come up with similar stories of dragon battles or fights with seamonsters? I think it's possible that these stories came from true events.
Let me ask you a question: have there ever seen wild bears in the area you live in? How about panthers? Have you ever been threatened by one of these animals walking down your street? Most likely your answer is no. If you did see one all the Dads and Grandpa's with rifles would chase it down and shoot it so your neighborhood would be safe. Why haven't you seen them? Because as families moved into your area and built farms, towns and cities, they chased off much of the wildlife and killed off most of the dangerous predators.
Could it be possible that we did the same thing with dragons and dinosaurs? I think so, and the article from this picture is one example of what could have happened to all the dangerous predators from the ages in the past. Read the April 26th 1890 Tombstone Epitaph Here.
Ben Russell is author of "Noah Drake And The Dragon Killer". He writes Juvenile/Middle Grade Fiction Adventures. He's not a scientist or a doctor of history; he's just a guy that's interested in those subjects. He's very interested in creation. His inner child gets excited about dinosaurs and the idea that they're not millions of years old. He despises the theory of evolution, believing it's a stumbling block to the Christian faith. Ben is a family man. He and his lovely wife have four happy kids and they make their home among the roaming hills of the Missouri Ozarks.