Someone needs a bra... and a shirt!
Call me kooky, but I love these stories. Loren Coleman runs a great site called Cryptomundo. I find myself over there quite a bit lately because I’m writing Lost Days, a YA book that includes a storyline that involves Bigfoot. For those of you who don’t know, cryptozoology is the study of unknown or hidden animals. Coleman is one of the leading cryptozoologist in the world today. His book Bigfoot! : The True Story of Apes in America is one of my primary sources for my fictional Bigfoot. I highly recommend it. Very entertaining and educational.
I found this post on his blog, Sasquatch, 1935. It’s a reposting of a Fresno Bee story from 1935. Here’s a quote:
The giants walked with an easy gait across the swamp flats and at the Morris Creek, in the shadow of Little Mystery Mountain, straddled a floating log which they propelled with their long, hairy hands and huge feet across the sluggish glacial stream to the opposite side. There they abandoned the log and climbed hand over hand up the almost perpendicular cliff at a point known as Gibraltar and disappeared into the wooded wilderness at the top of the ridge. They carried two large clubs and walked around a herd of cattle directly in their path.
The reason I find this so interesting is because in my research I’ve found that people think that Bigfoot first made his appearance in 1958 when a bulldozer operator named Jerry Crew discovered prints around his worksite in Humboldt County, California. There are indications now that a man named Ray Wallace may have left those footprints as a prank. It got out of hand when the story spread across the county. People now point to that incident as conclusive evidence that Bigfoot is a fake. While that story made national headlines, it’s not the first appearance of the big ape. Turns out recorded sightings go back much farther. Here’s a link with a pretty comprehensive list of sightings throughout history of the U.S.
I have to tell you that I am having a blast writing this story. If the big bipedal ape is a fake, it has been an incredible coordinated hoax that has lasted centuries and involved inhuman capabilities by the perpetrators. Real or fake, I love the drama.