Sinkhole Sam is a worm like creature said to inhabit a portion of Inman Lake in Kansas known as "The Sinkhole". - it is also known as the "Foopengerkle" though theres no solid explaination of what that might have meant.
Before America was colonized by Europeans, Kansas was covered in small streams, lake and rivers but since then has been blocked up and dried only leaving a few natural lakes and streams. Locals theorize that Sam is actually a prehistoric creature that lived in flooded underground caverns and it somehow led into the lake. The first known account of the beast came from two men fishing at the sinkhole when they saw the creature. Following this event, Albert Neufeld and George Regehr also claimed to have seen the creature, claiming that it was approximately 15 feet in length and as round as an “automobile tire.”
Sighting of the creature have stopped over the years, leaving us to wonder if the creature died or has gone back into the cavern from whence it came.
A similar creature has been reported about 50 miles south of Inman at the Kingman State Lake. The State Lake, while not a naturally occurring lake, was formed from a naturally occurring marsh and is located next to the Ninnescah River. Both in the early 1900s and in the late 1960s, several accounts of a large snake were reported. Eyewitness accounts of this snake's size vary. Some have said that it is the size of a large python, and others have said that its girth is so large that even a tractor could not run over it. In the late 60s a large search for this large snake was conducted, but no snake other than the known native species were found. This creature has never been given a proper name. However, some believe this creature to be the same creature or of the same species as Sinkhole Sam. Over time, reports of such a snake have greatly diminished. However, other crypids such as mothman, bigfoot, and a mysterious figure in a trench coat have also been reported around the Kingman State Lake.
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