Do you believe? Is she legend or fact?
An Apocryphal Tale
Containing the legends, myths and empirically discovered facts
Dr. J. H. Alexander
Summit County, Colorado
Published under the
imprimatur and authority of the
Blue-Dillon Research Society
Like most people, I suppose, I had often heard of the Blue-Dillon Monster and not considered it any more than a modern fairy tale. In fact, I chided my children once when, driving over the Lake Dillon Dam they asked me if there really was an ancient “Lake Creature” living in the Dillon Reservoir.
“You kids would believe anything!” I said somewhat curtly. “Think about it! This is a reservoir! We are driving across a dam that was built in 1962. How could it possibly have an ancient creature living in it?”
I feel bad to this day when I think about their crestfallen faces. After all, what kid doesn’t want to believe in a monster?
But of course, adults are too serious to think about Monsters. I, myself, didn’t have time for such frivolities until my wife and I rented two kayaks at the Frisco Marina one evening, intending to paddle to an island for a picnic dinner.
We paddled through some of the shallows and then to one of the small islands near Frisco Bay, where we landed and ate a romantic dinner. Our plan was to wait for the moon rise, then kayak back by moonlight. Although there was a beautiful full moon early that night, clouds soon covered it as a storm approached.
When we put our kayaks back in the water and started paddling back to the Marina, my wife’s kayak suddenly lunged quickly ahead of me, powered by a wave.
“Where did you get your speed?” I joked, half in amazement, half in envy.
She turned and looked at me with a pale face. “I didn’t even paddle!”
“Well, how did you get ahead of me then?”
She shrugged with her paddle. “I don’t know. There was a swell in the water, or maybe a wave, or … Something pushed me!”
At that moment a swell in the water went by me, and suddenly I was propelled quickly ahead. My kayak passed hers.
And so it went, as we rushed back to the Frisco Marina, each occasionally feeling another swell . . . or push. It seemed we were going much faster than warranted by our paddling abilities; which was a fortunate thing because we made it back to the marina just before the start of a horrendous storm.
We mentioned it to the attendant who just said, “Probably just the wind.” Then he chuckled and with a wink and a bit of sarcasm continued, “Or maybe Blue Dilly pushed you!”
We laughed and, though it was oddly freaky, I convinced myself that his first thought was right; we had felt nothing more than a wave or the wind. That is, until we got home. My wife handed me a drawing saying, “This is what I saw in the water underneath one of those ‘waves’ that pushed us.”
I stared at the picture, stunned. The animal had a particularly haunting shape - wide and flat with a fin of some type with an articulated flat hand or claw.
“It was gray; that is what pushed me” She explained, as I studied the picture. She looked into my eyes, “It was the Blue-Dillon Monster.”
“Honey”, I said with a derisive tone, “You don’t really believe …”
“What was it then? You think it was just the wind or a wave? Really?” When I couldn’t answer, she gave me the assignment that has been an obsession ever since, “I want you to find out what it was! What is in that lake?”
This book is the result of that assignment. I have spent hours, days and weeks of time studying the Blue-Dillon Monster, known affectionately as “Blue Dilly.” I have pored through newspaper articles, journals and letters. I have discussed Blue Dilly with people willing to talk, and people unwilling to talk. I have come to know many of the leaders of the Blue-Dillon Research Society.
Here I have collected all of the stories and legends about the Blue-Dillon Monster. I have also worked to collect the science and impact of the Monster on Summit County.
It is all in here, but I cannot judge the veracity of the stories. That is for you to decide:
Do you believe in
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Blue Dilly is a legendary resident of Lake Dillon, in Summit County, Colorado. For more than a century, the story has been enshrouded in mystery by a secret society of men and women who hoarded their knowledge about the Lake Creature. These people have included everyone from ordinary Summit County residents to a President of the United States. Now you can read the facts about the Blue-Dillon Monster, or "Blue Dilly." Is there truth in the legend?
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The Blue Dillon Monster as seen below the ice in winter.
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