Monsters and Ghosts A to Z : The Frogman
Although there are a few other vague references of frog like humanoid cryptids across the world the most famous comes from Cincinnati, Ohio. The Loveland Frog was first spotted in the summer of 1955 when a traveling salesman claimed to have seen three frog-like men who were around 4 feet tall. The creatures were standing by the side of the road when spotted. They were completely hairless with dark leather-like skin. Although the creatures were said to have the body of a man they had webbed hands and the head of a frog. Later in
Later in 1972 another frogman was spotted near the same area. This time the beast was spotted twice that year by police officers. In the first report from spring of that
In the first report from spring of that year an officer by the name of Ray Shockey claims that it was on the side of the road and appeared to be around the same size and build as those spotted in 1955. The officer reports shooting at the creature but no body was recovered from that sighting. However, in some versions of the story other officers went to the scene and found scratch marks on the bridge.
In the second report from 1972 an officer by the name of Mark Matthews stops to remove what he believes is a dead animal from the side of the road. To hist surprise the creature begins to move and scurries over the bridge before he can get a good shot in. According to Matthews the animal appeared to be a 4 ft frog like humanoid. However, unlike earlier accounts this one added a tail. Later, Matthews denies the frogman description and states that the creature was merely an escaped iguana or other large lizard.
Loveland, Ohio is a small town in the suburban area just north of Cincinnati that was founded in 1948 with a small land contract. Like many small towns in Ohio it flourished in large part due to its proximity to the railroad. The Little Miami Railroad which was built in 1853 and connected Cincinnati all the way to Xenia, was alrge part of the town’s growth. The nearby Little Miami River also helped attract business and landowners in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. In fact, the river was such a substantial part of the town’s history that it was called “east” and “west” Loveland based on a barrier that it created until 1872 when a bridge was constructed connecting the two.
At the time of the first frogman sighting, the town was just a village. It wasn’t until 1961 that the charter would be signed to turn Loveland into a full town. Several years after the first sighting in 1959 the Little Miami River severely flooded the town causing substantial damage.
Nothing had been reported regarding the frogman since 1972 until 2016. In an Ohio news story, two individuals who were tracking Pokemon Go characters in the Loveland area claim to have spotted a strange large frog like creature near the bridge. The creature had glowing eyes, and very much looked the part of the historic frogman.
According to the pair the creature retreated back into the water before they could get any closer to it after recording the video.
Native American Connection
Ohio, and particularly southern Ohio has a long history and tradition with the Shawnee and Miami Indians. Many of these tribes lived along the rivers of Ohio. The Little Miami river is one of those rivers and the tribe that lived in the area that is now Loveland was known as the Tightwee.
As with many traditions there are a variety of mythological creatures and beasts that are a part of the life of the Tightwee and other Miami Indian tribes in Southern Ohio. One of these creatures is the Shawnahooc, a small leathery skinned creature that dwelled near the river bed. It is believed by the tribe that the creature could not be killed, but that it was very reclusive.