Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Yes Virginia, there is a village named "Frankenstein" in America

And, it is the only town in the United States with that name. I understand that it is still there and probably looks the same [with some age] since I was there in 1967. Where is it? Well, it is in Osage County about 15 miles East of Jefferson City, Missouri. 

In '67 I was en route to Rolla, Missouri [University of Rolla] from Kansas City for a lecture and discovered a sign that read..."Frankenstein, 4 miles" with the direction pointing left [North]. Why not. I was ahead of my schedule. No, I wasn't expecting to see a castle on a hill or roving bands of villagers with pitchforks. Actually, there was hardly anything save a rather nice looking church [Our Lady Help Of Christians Church].

Internet sources relate little, but the general description is that "The community is believed named not for the monster, but for Gottfried Franken, who donated land to build a church here in 1890."

Previous Halloween treats...

Blood suckers of Connecticut

H. P. Lovecraft treat..."The Alchemist" 

BE AFRAID...the Vampire Squid

H. G. Wells treat..."The Star"

Animation land Halloween cartoons  

Witch Hazel 

The mirror
Kwaidan..four ghost stories


Mark Twain treat..."A Ghost Story"

The Devil and Maciste..."Maciste all'inferno"

"Daughter of Horror"...a remarkable cult film

Two historical cinematic Halloween offerings

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