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Paranormal Creatures: The Legend of The Arizona Thunderbird

Updated on January 13, 2013

The "Tombstone Thunderbird"

One of the most unique stories in the world of mysteries is the story of the Arizona Thunderbird. This “Thunderbird” has been said to be near Tombstone, Arizona, the home of the Bird Cage Theater. Interesting how these two are close together. It's also known to be the Tombstone Thunderbird.

The Thunderbird was originally a Native American legend. It is said to be an elemental spirit that is connected with the wind and the air. It was an intelligent bird like creature that was supposedly enormous. When the Thunderbird’s wings start flapping, the wings were able to bring in dark clouds. This would cause thunder and lightning to show up as. People think that this creature use to live in the mountain tops.

In April 1890, two cowboys were in the desert when suddenly they looked up in the sky and saw a giant creature flying over their heads. The enormous winged creature was said to have a body of a serpent, along with clawed feet and a face that looks like an alligator. It was smooth and featherless which is odd for a winged creature. It landed and the cowboys approached this Thunderbird on their horses. When they got close enough, they then chased it by foot. It took off and landed again a few more times before they got out their rifles and gunned it down.

The wingspan of the creature was massive. It was said to have been approximately 160 feet wide. The body of the Thunderbird was 92 feet long. After the cowboys had killed it, they cut off a piece of it’s wing and brought it into Tombstone.

There is a photo of this Thunderbird. However, there are six men that are with it. Not just the two cowboys. The men had the wings outstretched and it was said the birds wings were 36 feet from wingtip to wingtip. People don’t know whether or not the photo is real. What’s interesting, is throughout the time of this story up to now (1890-2012), people have said that they had seen the photo before spread all over America. They’ve seen it in newspapers, old books, magazines, and old western photographs. Some cryptzoologists have said that they have looked through any old resource they can find of this creature, but have found no trace of the photo’s existence.

If this photo has existed for over 120 years and people have claimed to have seen it, could this large winged creature be real? It just might be. Although this creature was killed back in 1890, there have been sighting reports of a giant winged creature that match the Thunderbird. Back in 1977, a ten year old boy was picked up by some sort of flying creature and was carried several hundred feet before he was dropped back down. The sightings of the bird are said to appear before a thunder or windstorm.

So if you are in the Arizona dessert near Tombstone and a storm is about to happen, hopefully you can catch the sighting of the Thunderbird, rather than get carried away by it.


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      Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

      Very intriguing, I'd never heard of the "Thunderbird" in this aspect before. However, it sounds and looks to me like what they actually caught was a dragon?

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      manofmystery24 5 years ago

      My pleasure, and thank you!

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      Nancy Yager 5 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      Your hubs are always very engaging and cause me to wonder. Thanks