San Jose Mercury News
Los Gatos --Well,
it has all the elements of a good mystery story, even if it should turn
out to be a hoax. Dr. R. Maurice Tripp,
15321 Quito Road, a geologist and geophysicist has the cast of a footprint
17 inches long he made in the Bluff Creek area east of Eureka.
reportedly belongs to an abominable snowman that has been seen by the
The Indians in Bluff
Creek and the old timers in Eureka say the original legend goes back to
about 1850. But only 18 months
ago it was revived and citizens of Bluff Creek, including a clergyman
and a woman said they saw the huge husky illusive figure.
Eyewitness accounts put together in a sketch by one of the men of Willow
Creek, California show the figure to be an enormous cave man like creature.
Dr. Tripp's engineering
studies of the soil properties and depth of the footprint of which he
made a cast show the weight of the owner of the footprint to be more than
"The print is distinctly different from that of a bear
or any other animal known to be in the area," Dr. Tripp said. Although he does not
discount possibility of a hoax, Dr. Tripp said he believes that the tracks
left by the visitor lend certain credibility to the story.
have tried to track him and in the instance his footsteps could be followed
a distance of one and a half miles through bush country.
It would be difficult
to fraudulently prepare hundreds of such tracks over night --particularly
in the type of country in which they were found."Other evidence of
the abominable snowman of Bluff Creek is a strand of hair found on a tree
at a distance of seven feet three inches above the ground. The hair was
found immediately after reports that he (ABSM) was seen in the area.
Dr. Tripp says his interest in the situation is both scientific and curious.
He became involved in the story several months ago through communications
with townspeople who told him of seeing the figure in the area.
was able to get to the scene in time to get a cast of the footprint.
we just have to find the foot that fits it," he said.
(Photo of Tripp with
the article not conducive to scanning, the text reads: "He has cast
as Proof" Dr. R. Maurice Tripp measures a cast of what he says in
the footprint of an abominable snowman. Dr. Tripp says the footprints
is that of a man who weighs more than 800 pounds and has been reported
seen by residents of an area near Eureka.)
31 December 2002
(The cast in the clipping looked like the 1958 Titmus cast in Bluff Creek...)
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