A story told to me by my dad a long time ago. There used to be an Island in Monroe on the Raisin River called “Snake Island”. The story is that the local residents and city officials wanted to develop this strip of land but had a problem. A reason was because of how the Island got its name. According to my dad’s story… The island was overrun with all kinds of snakes that most were identified as poisonous. How to get rid of all the snakes, or most as possible.
It isn’t known what person or city official had the idea of using hogs. The idea was to transport the hogs to the island and let the hogs kill what snakes they could. Hog skin is very thick and if bitten, there would be no effect to the hog and the hog would stomp or devour the snake. It is also unknown how long the hogs were left on the island to clean out the snakes. After it was over, the hogs were rounded up from the island and taken someplace and were killed. Even though no effect for the hogs but the meat could not be eaten.
I was also told there was a mass grave pit of hogs in Monroe. So far in what I could or couldn’t find out about the location. Some local historians I told this to have never heard this story.
I do believe is still around. Even though you can’t tell today. It is located on E. Elm Street where a Marina and a local bar is located. There used to be two bars but at this writing, one is closed.
The top picture is what I believe to be Snake Island. It looks like a snake with a head. The channel between was filled in as shown in bottom picture.
NOTE: The top picture, If I remember correctly is from a screenshot from Google Earth. The Bottom picture is from a site that I was able to get off the Internet years ago but it is unavailable now. (at least I haven’t been able to find it again.
I can think of only 4 possibilities of the Swine Mass Grave Pit;
1. It was found but during development of the area, it was just ignored as nothing. (Which some historians know, this is the case for a lot of Lost history.
2. The pit was built upon but the foundation was not dug deep enough to find the remains.
3. The site has never been discovered yet. There are still areas in Monroe County that is still untouched by development.
4. This could be just a hearsay story my dad heard and later passed it on to me. It happens in all historical investigations. Something is told, some believe it right away, some doubt it right away and some wait until something is proven or sets out to find out if something is Fact or Fiction.
I welcome your thoughts or comments on this. Have you heard about Snake Island and its story? Maybe you are someone in your family knows the location of the grave? (If it exists)