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Union County, Arkansas
1980, near Strong, Arkansas

This is a third or fourth hand story that happened 10 or more years ago. A lot of oil was being trucked from this remote area which is close to the Felsenthal Wildlife Refuge. The job required night loading on the outskirts of this cyprus swamp. As the story goes, one truck driver was sitting in the truck and was overcome by a strong smell. He turned on his head lights to see a large, ape like creature staring at him. It had red eyes and was of enormous size. The man panicked and drove off with the loading hose still attached spilling oil all over the place. The oil company owners were convinced that he had seen something by the circumstantial evidence. The man refused to ever do a night load again. A second individual was night loading and he was somewhat spooked due to the earlier event. One night he smelled the "odor" and panicked as before doing considerable damage leaving the area. He saw nothing but was sure the smell was the creature. As to my knowledge, there has been no investigation of this area. (Wilreich) March, 1999
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Additional Newspaper article:
Unknown Creature Sighted in Arkansas --"Wild Man of the Woods"

"During 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 that fairly enveloped his neck and shoulders. The "wildman", 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. This singular creature has long been known traditionally in St. Francis Green and Poinsett counties. Arkansas sportsmen and hunters having described him so long as seventeen years since. 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 cavil."

© The Memphis Enquirer, May 9th, 1851
Courtesy George Haas, Bigfoot Bulletin