I made a return trip to Chattanooga Ghost Tours this past week, and it was still there. The head of the infamous Sugar Flats Road Monster. Or actually it wasn’t, as the real head has disappeared. It used to be on display at the offices of Chattanooga Ghost Tours, but today there is only a 3-D representation of it. But the latter is still there, as it was the last time I visited. Tantalizing, perhaps even mocking, a delicious mystery yet to be solved.
In the months since I first became aware of the story of the Sugar Flats Road Monster, I have made repeated attempts to locate the head, to have a look at it myself. I have contacted personally the owner of the head but have never received a response. I contacted the management of the State Park where the head was said to currently be on display, but the person I spoke to knew nothing about it. I can but guess as to why the owner of the head wouldn’t want to talk to me. It would seem to me that the publicity I can offer him would be desirable, as I suspect the head was created in the first place as an attempt to gain publicity. I’m not out to debunk, though, to disprove. I wouldn’t demand the head be subjected to DNA testing. I just want to see it for myself. It could be that, were I to look into its eyes in person, I might become convinced of its genuineness. And whether the head is authentic or not, there’s a fascinating story there that I want to get at. That head has become something of a holy grail to me, an elephant’s graveyard. I will keep my eyes and ears open, should the head resurface again.