Thursday, December 4, 2014

The West's first 'Bigfoot'

TODAY 'Bigfoot' is synonymous with an elusive creature of unknown origin.
However, more than a century ago and more than a half-century before the "Bigfoot" name would be coined for the Sasquatch creature, there was another "Bigfoot."
According to the Twin Falls News newspaper of Jan. 26, 1906, a Native American nicknamed named "Bigfoot" was a renegade who led a Piute band of Snake Indians on area settlers.
-Utah's first reported "Big foot" was not a mysterious beast at all, either. It was a wolf. "Wily trapper seeks scalp of old 'Big Foot'" was a Sept. 5, 1919 headline in the Salt Lake Herald newspaper. The reward for killing the elusive wolf, who preyed on cattle and sheep in remote San Juan County, was $1,000. Some kind of foot injury gave the wolf a distinctive flatted foot and hence its "Big Foot" name.

Fake Bigfoot stunts in Utah

FAKING Bigfoot sightings or footprints is one of the worst things possible against a true pursuit of the elusive creature.

The two worst incidents in the State of Utah are decades old. Hopefully, there won't be any more:

-"Dixie has a 'Bigfoot'" was an Aug. 13, 1977 headline in the Color County Spectrum newspaper.
According to the story, a young man, Ithamar Sprague, admitted to planting fake large footprints around town.
(-Ironically, less than 2 weeks later, the state's first big media reported sighting would happen in the High Uintas.) 

-"Bigfoot just myth, Prints prove it" was a Dec. 15, 1977 headline in the Salt Lake Tribune.
Some kids in Hunter City (now a part of West Valley City) faked footprints around town.