Francis Green, Greene and Poinsett Counties, Arkansas
"Wild Man of the Woods"
March last, Mr. Hamilton of Greene County, Arkansas, while out hunting
with an acquaintance, observed a drove of cattle in a state of apparent
alarm, evidently pursued by some dreaded enemy.
Halting for the purpose,
they soon discovered as the animals fled by them, that they were followed
by an animal bearing the unmistakable likeness of humanity.
He was of
gigantic stature, the body being covered with hair and the head with long
locks of hair that fairly enveloped his neck and shoulders.
for we must so call him, after looking at them deliberately for a short
time, turned and ran away with great speed, leaping from twelve to fourteen
feet at a time.
His foot prints measured thirteen inches each.
creature has long been known traditionally in St. Francis Green and Poinsett
Arkansas sportsmen and hunters having described him so long
as seventeen years hence.
A planter, indeed, saw him very recently, but
withheld his information lest he should not be credited, until the account
of Mr. Hamilton and his friend placed the existence of the animal beyond
© The Memphis Enquirer, May 9th, 1851 predates the Civil War...occurring in the south not as one might expect in the Pacific Northwest...
(George Haas, Bigfoot Bulletin, article courtesy Warren Thompson Bay Area Group for Bigfoot Encounters)
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