years, people have claimed sightings of a large, human-like creature
in the thick woods of East
About 500 people recently gathered in Tyler
for a Bigfoot Conference to share their personal confrontations
with the creature. Speaker Daryl Colyer, who has had an encounter
with the beast, said he heard the legends and stories from families
when he was growing up.
Colyer’s own encounter with Bigfoot occurred near the Trinity River
in Liberty County. He and his wife were walking along a trail at
dusk when they spotted a large, hairy figure with a musky smell.
Here are some other sightings of Bigfoot-type creatures in East
In 2003, a motorist spotted an eight-foot creature crossing Texas
Highway 154 near Harleton and Little Cypress Bayou.
In December of 2001, a deer hunter near Marshall
saw a seven-foot upright ape-like figure that was dark brown in
color. The figure was picking up apples.
In October, 1995, a man was looking at land he was considering buying
when he saw a creature lying on the ground. The creature rose on
two legs and hit the man in the chest.
In June of 1976 near Vidor, a couple moved out of their house because
they had enough of Bigfoot sightings in the area.
In the summer of 1976, a witness reported seeing a twelve-foot tall
creature with silver hair eating ears of corn near Hallsville.
Not all of the Bigfoot sightings have turned out to be accurate.
In his book, The Search for Bigfoot, Peter Byrne wrote about
a man who claimed to have seen a Bigfoot creature standing with his
back to the man, streaked in gray and black hair, huge, broad-shouldered
and bent over.
When Byrne investigated, he discovered that the man had seen nothing
but a roadside stump.
|For more than
400 years, people have been reporting large, hair-covered, man-like
animals in wilderness areas of North America. Sightings of the creatures
and their tracks continue today.
Bob Bowman's East Texas May
15, 2010 Column
A weekly column syndicated in 70 East Texas newspapers
Copyright Bob Bowman
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