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Bigfoot - My Neighbor?
There are reports of Bigfoot sightings in my neighborhood. I've always been intrigued by the idea of Bigfoot, but it wasn't until 2005 that I decided to learn more about them because they are said to live near my home.
I've never seen Bigfoot, but I live in a small town in the middle of a huge forest in Northern California, and there are people around here who say they've seen one. My town has businesses named after Bigfoot, statues of Bigfoot, and huge footprints painted on the sidewalks in front of a few businesses. Yet nobody here, until now, has put this information together, to try to prove or disprove the town's claim to fame.
The image is from the Patterson-Gimlin Bigfoot film - the Bigfoot is called "Patty" by most Bigfoot researchers. See the film below. Roger Patterson passed away not long after he filmed this Bigfoot.
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Bigfoot - Myth or Misunderstood Monster?
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The Little Grider Creek Sighting
...less than a mile from where I live.
In 2002 a teenager was driving his pickup truck on Highway 96, next to a bridge crossing Little Grider Creek. There, a large, dark creature crossed the road, standing erect on two feet. The teenager saw it for only a moment in the glare of his truck's headlights - and then it was gone, lost in darkness. He did not want to talk to anyone about this, but word got around town anyhow. A few years later I talked to a young man about Bigfoot. It turned out to be a friend of the person who had that sighting. He said they returned to the site the next day and found footprints in the area. When asked if they were anything like a Bigfoot footprint cast we had present, he said one word: "Bigger."
...less than a mile from Happy Camp.
In 2003 a woman saw a large, hairy creature near her yard. A forest fire burned nearby and she thought it could be a refugee from that conflagration. She left apples and other fruit for it. These disappeared while she wasn't watching - and she knew the creature took them. One day she turned to see the creature looking at her through her kitchen window. That window was almost ten feet off the ground. She got a good look at the hairy face, remembering that the eyes were yellow.
Sighting Near China Point
...five miles east of Happy Camp.
A forest service employee on the way to work one morning saw a large, upright dark creature cross Highway 96 in front of her car. It then climbed a steep hill next to the road. At work she told a co-worker who decided to go back to the area to see if she could find any sign of the animal. Looking at the top of the hill, she saw a dark creature looking down at her. After a moment, it turned and disappeared into the woods.
A Minister Saw It
...west of here, not far out of town.
In 2005 a tourist was driving through the Klamath River Valley when he thought he saw Bigfoot. He was still west of Happy Camp, driving toward our town, when he saw a large dark creature jump down onto the road from a hillside. It stood up and crossed the road in only two or three steps, then disappeared in the darkness. This was at about 10pm and everyone else in his car was sleeping. The man who had the sighting is the head minister for a large church in Southern California.
Huge Bigfoot Footprint
...found on the same hill I live on.
In 2005 a man visiting from Southern California found a Bigfoot footprint on the other side of the hill I live on. He was in town as a volunteer for Bigfoot research. A woman on that side of the hill claimed that she'd seen Bigfoot in her yard. He found the footprint uphill from her in an isolated location. The photo shows the large Happy Camp Bigfoot print next to a much smaller Bigfoot print found in another location.
Where Is Happy Camp?
...it's in the middle of the Klamath National Forest.
This photo is taken from the top of the Town Trail across the Klamath River and shows almost all of Happy Camp. See the river at the bottom of the picture?
Lots of people think Happy Camp is just a campground. That's not true. We have lots of things here - including a market, high school, elementary school, clinic, card lock gas station, two restaurants, three motels, and the headquarters of the Karuk Tribe.
Happy Camp is a very small town - about 1200 people - in the middle of the Klamath National Forest in Northern California. The Klamath River runs through our town. We're 20 miles south of the Oregon border and in the summertime there's a road that takes us to Cave Junction, Oregon, only 40 miles north of here. That road is closed all winter. Yreka is 80 miles east - it takes two hours to get there on the State of Jefferson Scenic Byway. Eureka is a three and one-half hour drive west of here. The Bigfoot Scenic Byway runs between Happy Camp and Willow Creek, where there's a Bigfoot museum.
Happy Camp employers include the school system, the US Forest Service, the Karuk Tribe, and a number of small businesses including the New 49'ers Gold Prospecting Club.
For more information about this town, see Happy Camp News.
The Bigfoot County movie trailer - ...not sure if I'll like this, but I haven't seen it yet.
I was interviewed along with JavaBob for this movie when the actors were in Happy Camp. At the time I didn't know that this was a HORROR movie !!! ...I thought it was just another documentary. Grrrrr.... so anyhow, these people came from Southern California to film this movie to frighten people away from Bigfoot searches.
Honestly, I'm of mixed feelings. Ever since David Paulides wrote his books, I've been thinking that maybe Bigfoot has been kidnapping and/or killing people. It is possible... and there are lots of people missing from wilderness areas and parks. So maybe it is good to warn people that Bigfoot could be dangerous, even though most sighting reports are of people who survived untouched just fine. Missing 411
After seven years of my Bigfoot research project, I honestly believe that Bigfoot should be left alone. That's what they want, and that's what I want too.
Anyhow, here's the trailer with some nice Happy Camp scenes and some horror movie scenes from their fictional story... filmed in the forest near Happy Camp.
More About Happy Camp
John Green's Bigfoot Book - ...just the facts!
John Green is a legend in the Bigfoot world. He was doing Bigfoot research in the Bluff Creek area long before Roger Patterson got there with his rented movie camera! Bluff Creek is about 50 miles west of Happy Camp.
This book takes you through the history of Bigfoot reporting from the perspective of an experienced newspaper reporter. John Green, wrote this in the 1970's and it is a CLASSIC that has withstood the test of time. If you really want to know about Bigfooting, this is a great place to start.
The Patterson Bigfoot Film
The Patterson-Gimlin Bigfoot expedition took place at Bluff Creek - about fifty miles downriver from my home in Happy Camp. When I say 'downriver' I refer to the Klamath River, which I live beside.
A lot of people mistakenly think that a man on his deathbed said this was a hoax, but that's not the truth. Patterson, who filmed this, said on his deathbed that this is an authentic film of an unknown bipedal creature. Here's a link for an in-depth explanation of pros and cons regarding the Patterson-Gimlin Bigfoot film.
The Hoopa Bigfoot Project
Linda at Bluff Creek Road - 2006
Here's a list of elements Bigfoot researchers look for in Bigfoot reports, or in the field.
Scent: pungent odor similar to skunk in intensity.
Their voices: loud screams and howls. Some Bigfoot reports indicate they talk to one another with guttural grunts, squeaks and clicks. Compare with sounds at Bigfoot Sounds.Com.
Rock throwing. Bears and cougars cannot throw rocks; Bigfoot can. This seems to be done to frighten people away rather than to harm them.
Broken tree branches, or broken-off tops of small trees around six or more feet above the ground.
Branch knocking: They are said to communicate by hitting trees with branches.
Rock sounds: They are said to hit rocks together.
Rock piles: They are said to leave boulders piled up, often near the ridges.
Beds: Piles of leaves/pine needles, etc. have been found and claims made that these indicate Bigfoot bedding, sometimes with animal remains nearby.
Shelters: Trees unnaturally bent into a dome shape could indicate a Bigfoot shelter.
Legend Meets Science
Dr. Jeffrey Meldrum is THE most renowned scientific mind researching the Bigfoot phenomena.
A priceless book. Don't leave home without it!
Patty and Me - 2006 - Willow Creek Bigfoot Museum
I haven't read the Bigfoot Film Controversy book yet, but I'm reading Christopher L. Murphy's more recent e-book, the Bigfoot Film Journal, which is a follow up. Murphy gives a detailed analysis of the Patterson Bigfoot film frame by frame, plus puts the creation of the film into historical context.
In his words from the foreward of The Bigfoot Film Journal:
"My supplement provides an overview of the filming story, twelve film-frame images, scientific reports on the film, and a section in which I address the allegation by Greg Long that Roger Patterson and Bob Gimlin fabricated the film. . . . .
"In the course of events over many years, I have been of the opinion that we (the bigfoot community) need to put more on the table concerning the remarkable Patterson/Gimlin film. In other words, to move in closer and present and examine all of the circumstances and issues surrounding the film. In this way, we might be able to eliminate (or at least minimize) all of the criticism and skepticism that somehow evolves in the minds of journalists and others about the film.
"Here then, is everything I have gathered, neatly arranged and discussed, topic by topic." - Christopher L. Murphy
I can't find the Bigfoot Film Journal on Amazon but you can buy it from Hancock House Publishers as an e-book PDF or as an soft-cover print edition. This is expensive in print because there are lots of color pictures - almost every page is illustrated with photos, drawings or maps. It is quite attractive.
This book contains all of Roger Patterson's research, which was published years ago in 1966, in a book called Do Abominable Snowmen Really Exist. It also contains updates and other material by Christopher L. Murphy.
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