The term ‘Bigfoot’ first came about back in 1958 when a bulldozer worker named Jerry Crew stumbled across (and then cast) a trail of over-sized ‘foot’ shaped tracks near Bluff Creek (California).
Does Bluff Creek sound familiar to you?
Well it should – this is the very same area where Roger Patterson and Bob Gimlin (apparently) filmed their famous Bigfoot evidence in 1967.
In this article we will be taking a look at three pieces of evidence that Bigfoot is real…
Are you sitting comfortably?
Good, then we’ll begin…
That Video – Roger Patterson and Bob Gimlin
For weeks in the fall of 1967, two rodeo men from Washington’s apple country rode in search of the creature no one had ever captured on film.
One of the men was driven by a long obsession with the mythic beast known as Bigfoot whilst his partner merely liked to find things out for himself.
Finally, on a late October afternoon near Bluff Creek, the two men found what they were looking for…
Roger Patterson quickly used his rented 16mm Cine Kodak camera to scan a forest area before placing it back in his saddlebag. He left the bag’s flap open.
Bob Gimlin brought up the rear. He rode a quarter horse, leading a pony loaded with supplies behind him.
Without warning their horses tensed up and began protesting against their riders – what had they seen?
About 80 feet away from the two men, a dark-haired gorilla seemed to be making it’s way along a creek bed…
Patterson managed to safely dismount his petrified horse and grab the 16mm Cine Kodak camera from his open saddlebag.
He began to run across the rocky terrain filming towards the creature, filming as he went. Knowing the motion would ruin his shot – he decided to crouch and steady himself, then trained the lens on the fascinating beast in front of him.
Gimlin had managed to steady his frightened horse and rode towards the creek to cover his friend’s exploits with the camera. He stopped and drew his rifle.
Patterson filmed the soon to be world famous Patterson-Gimlin film – probably the most famous piece of scrutinized cryptozoology footage ever taken.
The public were pretty much 50-50 when they finally got to see the film. Half believed this was the real deal while the remainder thought the two cowboys were nothing more than pranksters.
This tear in the public’s perception eventually ruined the friendship between Patterson and Gimlin.
Patterson was left to promote the footage with his brother in law, Al DeAtley. They arranged and completed a national tour because they wanted to return to Bluff Creek for a new expedition.
Patterson, DeAtley and Gimlin went equal shares in the film…Gimlin had nothing to do with the tour.
It wasn’t long before the jealousy hit Gimlin and he decided to cut his losses and put the Bigfoot incident behind him forever. He sold his share of the rights for less than $10 to another Bigfoot researcher.
In 1972 Patterson and Gimlin decided to make amends due to Patterson’s critical health situation with cancer. Patterson gave Gimlin a full apology and begged him to join him in a second expedition when he recovered…he never did.
He died the next day at the age of 38.
To this day the film has never really been debunked. Many reports have surfaced suggesting Gimlin finally admitted it was a hoax but they are not backed by any kind of hard evidence…and are never likely to be really!
The William Roe Sighting
For some reason this Bigfoot incident completely slipped under radar…it actually predates the Jerry Crew findings and the world famous Patterson-Gimlin film.
It took place in October 1955 when a hunter named William Roe came across what he thought to be a female bipedal creature.
For some reason he waited until August 26, 1957, to break the news of what he saw to the world.
The incident took place near a little town called Tete Jaune Cache, British Columbia, about eighty miles west of Jasper, Alberta.
Roe had been working on a highway construction for about two years in the area and decided to climb up Mica Mountain to an old deserted mine on his day off.
When he eventually reached the mine entrance he heard rustling in the trees to his right – he turned around to see what he thought was a grizzly bear in among the trees.
He didn’t want to shoot the bear as he had no way of drawing it out – besides, the bear had not spotted him anyway.
Instead he decided to crouch down a watch the creature from a safe enough distance with his rifle at the ready…just in case!
When the creature finally stepped out into the opening he realized that he had not been watching a bear…
“This, to the best of my recollection, is what the creature looked like and how it acted as it came across the clearing directly toward me. My first impression was of a huge man, about six feet tall, almost three feet wide, and probably weighing somewhere near three hundred pounds. It was covered from head to foot with dark brown silver-tipped hair. But as it came closer I saw by its breasts that it was female.
And yet, its torso was not curved like a female’s. Its broad frame was straight from shoulder to hip. Its arms were much thicker than a man’s arms, and longer, reaching almost to its knees. Its feet were broader proportionately than a man’s, about five inches wide at the front and tapering to much thinner heels. When it walked it placed the heel of its foot down first, and I could see the grey-brown skin or hide on the soles of its feet.”
It actually came right up to the bush where Roe was hiding and began tearing branches off the trees. It then began stripping the leaves off each branch with it’s teeth.
His report then goes on to say:
“The head was higher at the back than at the front. The nose was broad and flat. The lips and chin protruded farther than its nose. But the hair that covered it, leaving bare only the parts of its face around the mouth, nose and ears, made it resemble an animal as much as a human. None of this hair, even on the back of its head, was longer than an inch, and that on its face was much shorter. Its ears were shaped like a human’s ears. But its eyes were small and black like a bear’s. And its neck also was unhuman. Thicker and shorter than any man’s I had ever seen.”
Roe was a little confused by all this and wondered if a movie was being made nearby in the forest area – surely this was an extra from the film?
But the more he watched this strange creature the more he realized that it would be impossible for a human to fake these sorts of primitive movements.
He later learned that there were no movies being filmed in that specific area at the time of the sighting.
The creature finally got wind of Roe’s scent and looked directly at him. It stood up with a sort of comical look on it’s face and Roe admits he was really not that scared of it.
It slowly walked back into the forest occasionally glancing over it’s shoulder at Roe. It wasn’t afraid in any way…but Roe was under the impression it wanted nothing to do with him.
The Marble Mountain Bigfoot Sighting
To me, this video has always had something sinister about it – I want to call out fake…but for some reason it just doesn’t feel like one!
I think the first few shots of the campers discovering a man-made ‘hut’ made out of branches sort of puts me off…but not for long…
In July 2000, a group of hikers filmed their Bigfoot encounter and set the cryptozoology world abuzz. At the time of writing this – it’s still considered one of the best pieces of footage ever captured on tape.
It was actually taken by a group of 15 campers made up of disabled kids and their adult camping ‘guardians’.
As you can see in the video, the group come across a sort of camp site on the Marble Mountain, near Fort Jones, California.
They started filming the weird structures and one of the kids spotted an interested watcher on the nearby hill…
If you have any thoughts or opinions on the Bigfoot sightings we have covered here today, please leave them in the comment section below.