Pope Lick Monster: Louisville’s Goat Man

Posted by: Craig Woolheater on May 13th, 2014

Numerous urban legends tell of Louisville’s Goat Man

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – The scene is picturesque underneath an old but very active railroad trestle in the Fisherville area of Louisville, Kentucky.

“This is the old trestle for the Northern Suffolk Railway,” explained author and historian David Domine.

Legends of the paranormal have turned this site into the center of fear and the home of a renowned creature.

Domine said, “The goat man of Pope Lick as he’s known. They say he’s part man, part goat maybe even part sheep.”

Numerous urban legends exist about the creature’s origins.

One tale Domine explained said, “The goat man arose as a tale of a local farmer back in the day. Tortured a herd of goats for Satan and signed a contract with him and forfeited his soul. In the process he was converted into this terrible creature that was sent to live under the trestle seeking revenge on people!”

Another popular legend Domine shared claims, “A circus train was crossing the trestle one day and it derailed and in one of the cars there was a kind of circus freak.”

Whether it is a farmer who made a deal with the devil or a so-called circus freak seeking revenge, there is one thing everyone agrees on when sharing tales about The Goat Man, and that is what he looks like.

Domine slowly describes the beast, “The legs are muscular and covered with course dark hair. He’s got the same dark hair on the parts of his body. His face is alabaster they say and he has horns as well.”

The legends don’t just stop at his gruesome features but also focus on the methods he employs to claim his victims. Narratives claim he also has powers to draw you to your death by either hypnosis or voice mimicry.

“The goat man supposedly is a very sly creature and he does all kinds of things to try and trick you into going up onto the trestle. He’s been known to mimic the voice of children who are calling for help,” stressed Domine.

Once you climb on the tracks, there’s no way to escape death from an oncoming train.

Domine removed the smirk from his face and gets serious as he explained, “It’s a very dangerous location. Many people think that this trestle is not used, but trains cross here every day.”

There have been a number of deaths and accidents at the trestle since its construction all though signs tell thrill seekers to keep out!

Domine continued, “In the late 80’s a movie was made by local film maker Rod Schildknecht. Other people have come out here and done documentaries. He’s appeared on several national networks in documentaries and programs about strange creatures and hauntings across the United States.”

The legend of the Kentucky Bigfoot is alive and strong today but Domine stressed about this creature, “Kentucky Sasquatch that’s a whole other thing from the description from people who have seen him. It doesn’t sound like the same thing at all. The strange accounts still pour in to this day.”

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.

3 Responses to “Pope Lick Monster: Louisville’s Goat Man”

  1. Goodfoot responds:

    The minute I hear “tourism”, I reach for my glass… I agree with one thing: it is a really bad idea to go onto a train trestle.

  2. SirWilhelm responds:

    Am I the only one who sees similarities between the goatman and sheepsquatch? Aside from the supernatural abilities ascribed to the goatman? The biggest similarity is the horns ascribed to both. Kentucky borders on West Virginia. Could they share a small breeding population of goatmen/sheepsquatch? Another being they remind me of, are the satyrs of ancient history. Could these North American specimens be the remnants of a species that once existed on two continents, North America, and Europe? Aside from their reported size, I don’t think they are related to Sasquatch. Also, unlike Sasquatch, who seems to roam, almost, the entire continent, the goatman/sheepsquatch, seems limited to the Kentucky/West Virginia area, according to the reported sightings. It sure would be nice to have specimens of these creatures, someday, hopefully, alive if they exist, but, from what I’ve seen of the AIMS team, they won’t be the ones to catch one 🙂 Don’t get me wrong, I like the show, and the guys in the team, but, their methods are suspect.

  3. shmargin responds:

    This photo used in the video originates from a contest: “The very best fake monster pictures that you created!

    TinEye is your friend investigative journalists.

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