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Evidence From The 1920s Could Prove The Existence Of Bigfoot Once And For All

Jan 30, 2022

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We’ve all heard the stories says this article from curiositywell.com. An average American couple goes hiking one nice weekend and comes back rambling: we saw Bigfoot, and we got him on tape! More often than not, that recorded evidence turns out to be insubstantial. Whether it’s because of amateur videography skills, poor lighting, or mistaking a rustling bush for a giant moving creature, solid Bigfoot proof still eludes us. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t convincing evidence out there, waiting to be found — or even in plain sight, as it turned out in 1924.
 
Fred Beck
 
It was a quiet July day near Mount St. Helens, Washington, on the northwest coast of the United States. Fred Beck and a group of four other miners were going about their daily duties, in what would later be called Ape Canyon.
 
Homestead
 
The team of five men knew the area well. They'd been there for six years, since 1918, prospecting for gold on a claim called Vander White, and they had a well-established cabin set up there, with plenty of supplies and equipment.
 
Habits
 
Since it was a remote location, the men carried rifles with them during the day, just in case they ran into bears — or something else. As Fred told the story, they'd been seeing large tracks by the creek, and hearing strange whistling sounds at night.
 
Quiet Walk
 
On this particular day, Fred and one of his fellow miners, Hank, were hiking down to the stream for water. It was after dinner, and the sun was sinking low when they approached the low bank.
 
A Disturbance
 
At first, everything seemed normal, according to Fred's retelling years after. The water burbled quietly, the trees rustled, the cicadas hummed — and then Hank yelled, and raised his gun, pointing it a hundred yards away across a small gully. Fred followed his gaze.
 
The Creature
 
There, standing near a pine tree and looking straight at them, was a giant creature. It looked about seven feet tall, with blackish-brownish fur or hair. Sensing danger, it ran behind the tree as Hank shot towards it.
 
Escape
 
Fred fired his rifle, too, three times — but the creature fled into the forest. The two men hiked back uphill to the cabin and told the others what they'd seen. Everyone agreed that the creature was a threat.
 
A Decision
 
They decided to head to the nearby town for safety for a while, but since it was getting dark, they made up their minds that they'd wait and head out first thing in the morning.
 
Terrifying Impact
 
As dark fell, the men went to sleep, but a few hours later they awoke to a huge thud against the side of the log cabin. It was around midnight, and Hank, who was sleeping on a makeshift bed on the floor, was hollering.
 
More Creatures
 
Whatever had hit the cabin had hit it so hard that the clay packed between the logs had crumbled and fallen onto Hank. The men jumped up and peeked out the holes in the wall to see three creatures in the shadowy moonlight, tampering with the miners' equipment.
 
Attack
 
The creatures began pushing on the cabin walls and pelting small rocks at its sides. In response, the miners fired at them out of the cracks made in the wall. When the rock-throwing and body-slamming subsided, the miners stopped shooting.
 
Inside The Cabin
 
"If they saw we were only shooting when they attacked, they might realize we were only defending ourselves," Fred recounted later. However, his theory didn't entirely work out. At one point, one of the creatures reached an arm inside between the logs.
 
Quick Save
 
Much to the miners' alarm, it grabbed an axe that was near the hole in the wall. But before it could wreak any more damage, Fred leapt to the wall and wrenched the head of the axe upright, making it too wide to fit through the hole.
 
All-Nighter
 
Through the rest of the night, the miners braced the door and held the creatures at bay. By dawn, the creatures seemed to have gone, and when the men peeked out, one lone creature stood on the canyon rim. They shot at it, and it toppled over the edge.
 
Tourist Attraction
 
When they returned to town, they told everyone about it. Sight-seers and scientists came back to the men's cabin to see evidence of the creatures, but they never reappeared. It was only decades later, in 1967, that video evidence appeared to show a specimen of the beings.
 
Caught On Camera
 
Down the coast from Ape Canyon, Bob Gimlin and Robert Patterson were out for a ride on horseback through the woods, testing out a rented 16mm camera, when they came upon a creature walking through the woods.
 
Scientific Study
 
The resulting minute-long footage, known as the Patterson-Gimlin film, has been intensely scrutinized and debated for subsequent decades. Patterson claimed it to be a real Bigfoot encounter, never wavering even on his deathbed in 1972.
 
Possible Hoax
 
However, in later years, suspicions arose around claims from Philip Morris and Bob Hieronimus that the former had created a gorilla suit for Robert Patterson, and Bob Hieronimus had been the actor to wear the suit as part of a publicity stunt Patterson thought up.
 
Inconclusive Evidence
 
Stories like the Patterson-Gimlin footage and the Ape Canyon escapade abound throughout American culture. However, witness testimony is often unreliable, and most of the more modern Bigfoot sightings or evidence claims have been unfortunately debunked.
 
Continuing The Search
 
So what do you think? Until scientists find real DNA evidence, we may never know the truth of what — or who — lies hidden in the mountains. 



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