Piasa mystery continues to stir imaginations
Legends involving a variety of monstrous creatures were common among the peoples who inhabited this land long before the arrival of the first Europeans.
One of the best known creatures is the Piasa, often called the Piasa Bird. Situated on the face of a bluff near the confluence of the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers, it was first seen by Europeans in the summer of 1673. Gazing upon it were Father Jacques Marquette, Louis Jolliet and other members of their party.
Modern depictions show the Piasa as a winged dragon-like creature, but Marquette described something very different: