The Pope Lick Monster more commonly, colloquially, the Goat Man is a legendary part-man, part- goat  and part- sheep  creature reported to live beneath a railroad trestle bridge over Pope Lick Creek, in the Fisherville neighborhood of Louisville, Kentucky , United States. Numerous urban legends exist about the creature's origins and the methods it employs to claim its victims. According to some accounts, the creature uses either hypnosis  or voice mimicry to lure trespassers onto the trestle to meet their death before an oncoming train. Yet other legends tell that it attacks its victims with a blood-stained axe and that the very sight of the creature is so unsettling that those who see it while walking across the high trestle are driven to leap off. Other legends hold that the monster is a human-goat hybrid, and that it was a circus freak who vowed revenge after being mistreated. In one version, it is said the monster escaped after a train derailed on the trestle.
Tragedy beneath the trestle
Legend at Pope Lick Haunted Woods - Louisville Kentucky's Best Haunted Trail
Near the end of ''Trestle at Pope Lick Creek,'' Dalton, an angelic blond teen-age boy who may have done a very bad thing, hypothesizes about a light that appears when people die. His father says he thinks the light should be red. We can't remember ourselves. Not like we need to. Naomi Wallace, the year-old Kentucky playwright at work here, received a MacArthur ''genius grant'' last week, and ''Trestle at Pope Lick Creek,'' her lovely, strikingly poetic Depression-era play, which opened on Wednesday at New York Theater Workshop, certainly illustrates what makes her deserving. As directed by the inventive Lisa Peterson, the play sometimes seems like a blend of Ingmar Bergman and Horton Foote, with Thornton Wilder on the side. Scott Zielinski's largely effective melodramatic lighting adds to the effect.
'Trestle at Pope Lick Creek' at Albany Civic Theatre
High atop a railroad trestle that spans a bone dry creek, two teenagers plan to race across the bridge against an oncoming locomotive. At first their scheme adds excitement to their life in a small factory town during the Great Depression, but their sensual experience, dawning sexuality and confusion awakens dangerous passions in an era of stifled ambitions. With theatrical flourish, humor and lyrical finesse, Naomi Wallace delves into a world where people struggle to change lives that bear down upon them. Guest artist and revered director Jonathan Berry makes his directorial debut with Eclipse.
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