1992, Hall City Caves, California: Hikers Are Chased Out Of The Woods


1992, Hall City Caves, California: Hikers Are Chased Out Of The Woods

Elliot Stackpole and Eric Garbus were hiking toward Hall City Caves, they had just passed Harrison Gulch mining ruins.  Stackpole felt that they were being watched or possibly followed, which would have been odd considering that they had not seen another person for hours.

Stackpole was about to comment on this, when suddenly, Garbus pointed to the tree line up ahead of them.  A dark figure, huge and slouching stood against the afternoon sun.  Completely bathed in the sillohute of dark shadow, the creature was clearly not a man.

Stackpole claims he knew right away that they were facing a real live Bigfoot.  Garbus said he was sure it was a wild man of the woods or maybe a ghost of an angry miner.

The monster on the ridge started waving its arms above its head.  Garbus said once he saw the sieny length of the arms, he knew it was not a ghost or human, but in fact a Sasquatch.  The creature started racing toward the two hikers.  They both turned tail and ran as fast as they could back the way they came.

They did not stop running until they were back at the car.  The Bigfoot chased them the whole way back and then threw rocks at their car until it drove away.

1987, Little Bigfoot Road, Elliston Montana, First Annual Running of the Bigfoot


1987, Little Bigfoot River Road, Elliston Montana, First Annual Running of the Bigfoot

Bar owner, Bert Van Huysen, has the brilliant idea to start a running of the Bigfoot after he and a bartender encountered a hairy 8 foot tall Bigfoot rummaging through the recycle bins. When they tried to scare the creature off with hoots and hollers, the monster just whipped empty Rolling Rock bottles at them.

Luckily, neither were hurt by the bottles. But after the encounter, Bert went around town talking up the whole escapade. So much, in fact, that the town grew sick of hearing different versions of the tale. In one, the Bigfoot knew karate. In another, it was wearing a big jester hat and danced like a techno. In yet another, Bigfoot was keen to explain the importance of separating out the plastic from the glass.

On the supposed first anniversary of the Van Huysen’s Bigfoot encounter, a whole bunch of the town people, many who frequented Bert’s Bar, dressed up in various homemade Bigfoot costumes. They met in the parking lot across the street, then joined hands and marched into the bar. Everyone who was in costume got a free drink.

The tradition grew and grew. Over the years, new events were planned. Bert came up with the Running of the Bigfoots. The race started at the top of Little Bigfoot River Road. Anyone who dressed up like Bigfoot could participate. Whomever cross the finish line first was crowned the Reigning Bigfoot. This title came with various discounts and perks.