1890, Platte Valley, Nebraska: Wildfires Blamed on Bigfoot

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1890, Platte Valley, Nebraska: Wildfires Blamed on Bigfoot

The drought that gripped Nebraska in 1890 was the cause of immense suffering. In the Platte Valley, farmers commiserated about the drought. While holding a meeting at a local church, the alarm was raised. There was a fire. It quickly spread from Old Miller’s fields into the neighboring farms.

The fires burned for nearly a week and burned over 300 acres, decimating whatever crops were growing. After the last smoldering embers were stamped out, an investigation was undertaken. The Smith boy, Alfred, claimed that he heard the hounds barking and ran to the back porch to see what was agitating them. Fearing a fox, he took the shotgun as he went toward the chicken coop.

That is when he saw a 15 foot tall, hairy, wild man run into the barn. The horses started going crazy, so Alfred hung his lantern on the hook near the barn door and slowly entered. As he did, the creature pushed him over. Alfred managed to fire the shotgun once, which missed the monster but enraged the beast. As it swung its arms about, it knocked the lantern over. A fire spread quickly through the barn and into the dry field behind it. Alfred was lucky to escape with his life.

Many people believed the story of the hairy creature’s culpability, but many more thought Alfred Smith was a damned liar.

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