Developing Monsterland

Posted by: Craig Woolheater on October 26th, 2006

Looks like some old Bigfoot stomping grounds in MA is about to be turned into a shopping center.

Shopping around ‘Monsterland’
By J.J. Huggins
Sentinel & Enterprise, Fitchburg, MA

LEOMINSTER — Locals have affectionately referred to the area around Jungle Road and Route 117 as "Monsterland" for years.

The nickname stems from people claiming they’ve seen creatures stirring in the woods in that southern corner of the city.

"I’m telling you, there were people that saw monsters," Mayor Dean J. Mazzarella said with a smirk on his face.

James Lanciani Jr.

At large Leominster City Councilor James Lanciani Jr. talks about Monsterland’ along Old Mill Road in Leominster, Friday morning. (SENTINEL & ENTERPRISE / SARAH BRITAIN)

At large City Councilor James J. Lanciani Jr. used to patrol the dead-end Jungle Road back in the 1970s and 1980s when he was an auxiliary police officer.

He said he thinks the "Monsterland" nickname came from someone claiming they saw a bigfoot-type creature down there around the 1960s.

"I never heard of anybody being able to substantiate it, but it made good talking and piqued a lot of interest," Lanciani said.

Change on the way

The Newton-based company New England Development Inc. plans to begin building a massive shopping plaza later this fall, where a sandpit sits now, according to NED Vice President William R. Cronin Jr.

About Craig Woolheater
Co-founder of Cryptomundo in 2005. I have appeared in or contributed to the following TV programs, documentaries and films: OLN's Mysterious Encounters: "Caddo Critter", Southern Fried Bigfoot, Travel Channel's Weird Travels: "Bigfoot", History Channel's MonsterQuest: "Swamp Stalker", The Wild Man of the Navidad, Destination America's Monsters and Mysteries in America: Texas Terror - Lake Worth Monster, Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot: Return to Boggy Creek and Beast of the Bayou.

5 Responses to “Developing Monsterland”

  1. Guy responds:

    It seems like we will find bigfoot, not through investigation, but by a process of elimination. Meaning we will eliminate all of his homeland until he has nowhere left to hide.

  2. Ohio Cryptonut responds:

    I hate to say it, but Guy is right. Pretty sad huh? Makes sense we’ve done it to alot of other species and to members of our own. Just ask any Native American about the Buffalo.

    Maybe ole bigfoot will get mad and fight back. Maybe he’ll go after Biscardi and Boston Rob! That would be fun. Probably not that lucky though. Anyhow, I don’t think bigfoot would drag himself (herself) down to our level with worthless violence. And yes that is as bad as it sounds.

  3. CryptoInformant responds:

    Nah, man. If Bigfoot needs to protect his territory, TB and Boston Rob, as well as possible Mary Green, WILL get slapped in the face by someone about 8 feet tall, hairy, and holding a messed-up rubber glove.

  4. shumway10973 responds:

    This wouldn’t be the first time I’ve heard about a shopping center/mall being built on bf’s stomping grounds. The last one, I believe, was in Maryland. Workers and police were all scared out of their wits when the 8′ or so tall creature walked thru or just stared back at them when they put their bright lights on it. The red eyes really creeped one officer out. Though I do know that if bf’s habitat is messed with they can get rather miffed and cause damage. It happened to one of my uncles. His logging equipment was tossed about or turned over. 50 gal. barrels of oil or diesel were thrown against trees, breaking them in half. So, bf has the physical means to do damage, but I think it’s the instinctive nature to leave man alone that prevents such contacts. To the developers and politicians involved with this whole thing, Shame on you! The world does not need another stupid shopping center! If you must build something there, make it some sort of industry that will take care of the community.

  5. drypondscout responds:

    Maybe Bigfoot’s going to have to adapt like deer, coyote and raccoons. Maybe people will believe then when Bigfoot is drinking out of there backyard pools, pushing over roll-off dunpsters behind the mall and leaving footprints all over the flower beds in front of the food court.

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