One of the strangest tales that you will hear relating to Riverside will probably involve the Riverside Bridge Monster! The story has all the hallmarks of an urban legend, and yet it seems like some of the elements genuinely tie in with real events.
In November of 1958, the story states that a man called Charles Wetzel had an encounter on Main Street Bridge with a strange creature. He described this ‘monster’ as being green and scaly with a pumpkin-shaped head, long thin arms, and claws.
He claims to have slowed down his vehicle as the Santa Ana River was swollen and that the creature came out of the brush and clawed at his windshield. He reported to police that he had hit the creature, and it was noted that his car did have scratches and green smears.
However, a body was not recovered, and other drivers reported similar encounters in the days that followed. When the river dried up, odd tracks were found but no trace of the so-called monster!