This post by Thomas Marcum, Thomas is the founder/leader of the cryptozoology and paranormal research organization known as The Crypto Crew. Over 20 years experience with research and investigation of unexplained activity, working with video and websites. A trained wild land firefighter and a published photographer, and poet.
The Close Encounter with Bigfoot
Bell County Bigfoot, the close encounter AKA the story of Caleb
This is a story told to me by a good friend that I go to church with, I 100 percent know this is a true story.
I'll do my best to tell it best I can but as you read it, it will become clear why some of the facts are hard to find and get to.
I have spoken to my friend a few times about this at great length and the event is totally amazing to say the least.
This took place in the 1980's (best I know) in and around the Hutch & Colmar area of Bell county Kentucky. This area has had many Bigfoot encounters/stories over the last 50 years.
Well, as the story goes several teenage boys were doing their normal thing for around here, teaming up and going 4 wheeler riding on the old strip mine roads and logging road. This is a normal thing around here and a fun thing to do on weekends.
Some of the 4 wheelers had 2 boys per 4 wheeler..in total there were around 5-8 people in this riding party, maybe a few more or less. Well, as they are going up on of the strip mine roads they see what they at first think is a big stump on a ridge but as they got closer the stump started moving. The road they were on went towards this big thing, as they got closer it starting coming toward them and of course they hit the gas on the 4 wheelers and tried to hurry past the massive creature.
At this point the Bigfoot really starts chasing the four wheelers, the bigfoot cuts down the ridge to try and cut the boys off, the first few riders make it past the area where the bigfoot is coming to, but my friends brother who is on the back of a four wheeler with another person on it, are at the end of the riding group line, well this bigfoot makes its to the cut off point at almost the same times as the last four wheeler with the 2 boys on it.
The bigfoot makes a grab for the boy on the back of the four wheeler, this is my friends brother, it either grabs him slightly or the four wheeler (not sure on this but one or the other) and almost rips him off the four wheeler, but due to the speed they rip loose from the bigfoot.
Of course these boy are scared almost to death about this and now all these years later it is very hard to get them to even speak about it. I talked to my friend about maybe getting his brother to tell me even more details but he said he can't hardly talk about it without breaking down and crying as it was so terrifying.
The other boys are also like this, they can't talk in great detail as it really bothers them to this day.
This is a truly amazing story and their is no way it is a made up story. This is coming from people I have known and went to school with many years of my life, even now we still are in church together sometimes. There are many questions about what made this bigfoot aggressive. Could it have been the sound of the ATVs or was it just an aggressive bigfoot?
* This took place in the Hutch & Colmer area of bell county, Kentucky.
* There is a good water supply to support a bigfoot creature thanks to the Cranes creek river and many old strip mine ponds.
* There is a ample source of food for Elk, deer and bears, so it should be enough to support a bigfoot as well.
* Heavily wooded areas for easy hiding of a bigfoot creature.
* Several reports of bigfoot in and around this area dating back to the 50's.
* This event was seen by 5-8 people. (update: 6 boys total)
* Best as I know this story has never been told to any media people, nor the local newspaper or ever reported to any bigfoot researchers until now.
Somehow over time, even before this event, this bigfoot was given a name and it is commonly call Caleb and some times Ol' Caleb.
I've heard people say "them boys seen Ol Caleb" so this means this is a known creature by some folks and there is a history of it.
Thanks to my friend and his family for sharing this amazing story with me.
ok, I got to talk to my friend last night and I now know how many boys was in this 4 wheeling party.
There was a total of 6 boys and the party had 3 four wheelers ..so 2 boys per 4 wheeler. All these boys still live around here as far as I know but it's hard to get them to talk about it.
Just recently another brother of my friends was deer scouting in this same area and found some very large tracks in the snow, it was around where he had some corn out to bait deer...not sure if this was a bigfoot or not.
I would love to find out more from any of the people involved. If by chance I learn more details I will try to update this post.
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