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Showing posts with label Letcher county. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Letcher county. Show all posts

Kentucky Giant From Letcher County

Standing at a height of 7 foot and 7 and a half inches, Martin Van Buren Bates was known as the Kentucky Giant. What an impressive man he was, weighing in at a whooping 328 pounds. But there are some conflicting reports on just how large of a man he really was. Some sources list Bates at 7" and 11 inches tall and weighing over 500 pounds. My guess is that he weighed more than 328 pounds. While he was known as the Kentucky Giant, he also was called "Kentucky River Giant", "Giant of the South", and "Baby". He had gotten the nickname baby when he was 11 years old.

Bates was born in 1837 in Letcher county Kentucky to normal sized parent and hit a growth spurt around the age of 7. By the time he was 12 years old, Bates was over 6 foot tall and weighed over 200 pounds and was still growing.

Just got in a report, that I'm assuming has never been reported until now, of some howls from Letcher county Kentucky. This is an area that is not very far from me.

Of course Letcher county has a lot of forest area and is adjacent to Harlan county. It is idea habitat for a creature such as Bigfoot.

Over the years I have taken in numerous Bigfoot reports from Letcher county and have, in times past, spent some time in that area of Kentucky.

Here is the report:
Linefork area
This report comes from a small community in Letcher county. The area is an unincorporated community by the name of Linefork. It does not surprise me that I have gotten yet another bigfoot report from this area. It is surrounded by deep hollows and thick forestation. This area is fairly close to me and like here, it is a perfect place for bigfoot. Southeast Kentucky in general is a great place for bigfoot, we have lots of  food and water sources.

This bigfoot report is a bit chilling, as there are children involved. While this type of bigfoot behavior has been reported in the past, I can only imagine the fear this family was feeling.

Here is the report.

Bigfoot sighting in Kentucky,
Letcher county, Ky

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.

!! Bigfoot Encounter Report !!

This report comes from Letcher County, Kentucky, which is not very far from me. I have been in this area when I was a wild land firefighter, the mountains are very large and deep in this area. It also has some really remote areas.

-Start Report-
Name: Tim *******
Email Address: withheld
State: KY
County: Letcher
Date of Sighting: Oct,31/2012
Time of Day: 5:30 near dark
Nearest Town: Jenkins
Length of Sighting: encounter lasted approx. 10 mins
How many Witnesses: myself
Any Photos/Videos: n/a
Describe sighting in detail:
I was deer scouting, gun season nearing, was in a hollow called Dark hollow, coming off the top of ridge, what is known as Pine Ridge, at the end of an old logging/mining road. Just as I was about to step off the embankment to the logging/mining road, I hear a loud Woosshhh, so loud, I'm sure my eyes crossed and short moments later woosshhh, so I yelled loud as I could, wanting to warn whatever it was, that I was there, so thinking it possibly might be a bear, elk or big cat I shot a round from a 30/30,trying to show it along its merry way, and again, woosshhhh. I shot another round, 3 times I shot into the embankment trying to warn it that I wasn't there to play. And I fumbled my cell phone about to call my brother, try to get him to drive up to closely where I was and try to scare it away, which he was trick or treating with his daughter and couldn't. So I had to man-up and get to my vehicle on my own, legs shaking I backed away from the direction the woosshhing sound was coming from, I kept the embankment between me and the creature and looked back about 50 yards with blurry, watery eyes and seen the thing just standing there, upon arriving to my vehicle. Never will forget that day, was also getting foggy and misting rain.

Another Map of general area

Letcher County Bigfoot
Dark Hollow area
Follow up Questions:
Describe the creature -
I only seen that it was darkish brown and approx 6 to 7 feet in height, this was roughly 50 to 60 some yards away, about 35 minutes till dark. About 4 hundred pounds of weight. No special features, what I mean is no muscular or bodily features.
And seriously, between the fear from its sound, my eyes were really watering, not crying but as in nerve damage from the fear.
The sound was like the "wo" sound wolf and followed by the long "shhh" sound, like shhhhh and fadeing. woosshhhh.

Have you been back there?
Been back once, been there (general area) a few times, main ridge runs along hwy but a couple miles away

Any other reports from that area?
Other reports ,maybe 10 miles away, closest

-End Report-

Thanks to Tim for sharing his encounter with us. If anyone else would like to report a sighting, please use the form found Here.


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The Crypto Crew Interview Series - Interview with Jonathan Isom (12/4/13)
Letcher county, KY bigfoot sightings. This is an interview I conducted with a fellow Kentuckian who has had multiple bigfoot sightings and yes we talk southern. The first post about these sightings can be found Here.
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Squirrel Hunter see a bigfoot
Mock up of the sighting

This report shared by our friends at Appalachian Bigfoot of KY and VA. Make sure to give their facebook page a visit.

This is 2 sightings by Jonathan Isom, as he reported them to Appalachian Bigfoot of  KY and VA. This is in the Letcher county area of Kentucky.

-Start Reports-
"My name is Jonathan Ison and I live in the hills and hollers of Letcher co Kentucky.
Today I want to share my stories of sightings of Bigfoot that I encountered while hunting in the Premium and UZ area.

Now I know that there is a lot of non believers in the world, but for me it's as real as God to me. Well I'll go ahead and get started.
My first encounter was when I was about 12 years old and I was squirrel hunting in a holler in Premium alone. I had hunted all morning and I was headed to the house on my way out of the hills I got an odd feeling that something was following me and I could also hear it behind me, but every time I turned to see what it was I didn't see anything .

It wasn't until about the third time I turned that I actually seen what it was and I couldn't believe my eyes, I was so young I was scared and I didn't know what to think because there standing before me was a monster in my eyes .
It was standing at about seven foot tall and had dark brown and black hair all over it and I also noticed that it had opposable thumbs. When I noticed that it wasn't there to hurt me , he turned and walked away and as he did I noticed that he had a darker colored main on his back from the top of his head to the bottom of his back . But as my heart was still pounding I got nervous and ran all the way home .
Premium, Letcher county, KY
My second encounter however was in the year 2006 and it was just like yesterday. I had got hurt in the mines in August 2005 and I was just learning to walk on crutches and it was turkey season so I decided to go and try to hunt, but in my condition I couldn't go alone for safety reasons. With all that said I had to take my cousin Casey Brown with me .
Well we was riding the four wheeler through the woods and got close to my spot when he ask me what that smell was, and ask me if I had past gas and I laughed and said no and then I smelled it and ask him and he said no as well. The smell was horrible it was like I mix between sewer and deer guts and vomit it was and awful smell it was breath taking .
As we turned the curve at about 20 yards from us sitting in the road kneeling on one knee was a creature as it stood it was also around 7 foot but instead of being dark brown and black he was a lighter color with a white pale face, it looked sick but in a hurry, after a few minutes of a stair off he turned and walked over the hill.
As he left we noticed that he also had a main but it was Snow White. My cousin was amazed he didn't know what to think and couldn't speak and all I could say was I told u, I told u, I told u he was real. I've also heard moans and groans in that same area of UZ and Premium ."
-End Reports-
[Note: This is the original witness write up, I only made a few spelling corrections]

Thanks goes to Appalachian Bigfoot of  KY and VA and Mr. Isom for sharing the reports with us.


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BFRO finds track
Bigfoot Track in KY
[Please note this is from the BFRO website and is work done by them, I'm only sharing]

This is a report from Letcher County, Kentucky.

-Start BFRO Report -

YEAR: 2010
SEASON: Spring
MONTH: March
DATE: 03/26/2010
OBSERVED: Me and another person was walking up a hollow below a hollowfill. The area was very marshy as beavers have been damming up the streams. We came upon an area where the stream split in two. There was a large rock on the "island" and next to it we found an odd looking impression in the mud. It was approximately 14 inches in length and roughly twice as wide as my steel toe boot. I have three photographs of it. One photo shows my boot next to it. I'm not sure if what I saw is anything. But the photos clearly show what looks to me like toes but I could just be wanting to see more than what is actually there. If you want copies of the photos, let me know.
OTHER WITNESSES: 1, we were walking up the stream bed.
OTHER STORIES: There have been other reports in the area. Some though are a bit questionable.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Early morning, sunny, clear
ENVIRONMENT: The area was kind of a marsh due to beavers working in the area. We were in a hollow.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Don Adkins:
"I spoke with the witness on two separate occasions about his track find. The location where the tracks were found is in a remote area at a natural gas well-drilling site. The area is rough terrain with a heavy forest and many coal mining sites. He emailed me the photos, and I found them to be very interesting. The witness has also heard calls similiar to internet recordings of sasquatch in the past and has reported them to us. This area is close to where Report #26036 occurred."
- End BFRO Report -

The main reason I wanted to share the BFRO report was because I recently got a report from Letcher county from Randy. You can read Randy's account by Clicking Here.  Randy also has a facebook site, found Here, for people in and around Letcher county. Over the past few weeks I have became pretty good friends with Randy and with us both being in Kentucky, we'd like to see more people come forward from this area and tell of their sightings.  Bigfoot is seen pretty often in KY, but many people are reluctant to talk about it for fear of being made fun of. I know I get this pretty often from some of our local people, but that's ok it does not change the fact of what I've seen and found.

Over the past few months I have seen my skeptical father turn into a believer, but he had his own personal sighting, found Here, and I think that is what it will take to convince some people that bigfoot is a real creature, their own personal sighting. My dad told me the other day that I had ruined him and he told me he can't get out in the mountains now without looking for bigfoot signs and tracks.

Anyways, If you have had a bigfoot sighting and would like to report it please contact us. There is a link at the top of the page or send us an email at thecryptocrew@kih.net.  We can change your name or just leave it out.

[Other post about Bigfoot in KY - Bigfoot in Kentucky, Witness interview, Bigfoot in Baxter, White Bigfoot]


[Source and Thanks go to: BFRO]

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Whoops and Howls in Letcher County
Area of the Whoops and Howls
- This report comes to us from Randy. He tells of strange whoops and howls near his home in Letcher county Kentucky -

- Start
We were out on my carport one night with my brother's family back in June or July having a little cookout. Well, we were getting the kids to do whoops like the recordings on the net, while I took an old walking stick and did some knocks. We kept on for about an hour and listened after each time we would complete a call and series of knocks. Those kids could make whooping sounds so close to the calls on the net that it isn't funny. Anyway, about an hour of getting the kids to do this we were standing out in the driveway and heard the best copy of a couple of the howls we had heard on the net. The hair absolutely stood on every part of my body. My brother is a biologist for a company that surveys for endangered plants and animals. He looked at me with eyes as big as silver dollars.
My wife and sister-in-law were out there also, and I couldn't believe the looks on their faces. The kids got so distraught that they were running and absolutely crying and screaming with fear. We had to calm them and let them go inside. My brother, his wife, my wife and I were really taken back. My house is in the back of a long hollow with just a couple houses with family nearby.
We would do a few wood knocks, I would knock 3-4 times in a row just as fast as I could. My brother tried his hand at whooping and we got, if I remember correctly, 2 more of the howls.
Each time they got a little fainter. This was no coyote, dog or any other animal we have heard before.

We grew up with a shotgun in our hands, hunting by ourselves since we were 12 or 13 and have never heard anything like this. My brother being a biologist, said he couldn't relate it to anything he has ever heard either. And again, we truly stay in the outdoors more than we stay inside and we know every sound Mother Nature has offered us, but not this one.
After the event was over, my wife said, "I told u a few nights ago that I heard something in the mountain like that and you all wouldn't pay attention to me!", I actually remember that night. A few of my friends and family were talking and socializing when she came and said that to me.
I remember her saying that and me just passing it off as nothing. Not anymore. She and I stayed up for the next few nights trying to duplicate this, 2 nights between the hours of 1-3am we got responses from the same area.
We were so sure that we could get the responses again that we bought a $400 camcorder just for recording the howl. We didn't get much after that and we kind of just forgot about trying anymore.

Soon after, when deer bow hunting season came in, my brother started hunting behind our house. One morning he was back home by 10am and I asked why he came out of the woods so early. He said he was sitting in the stand and he heard the strangest sounding "bird" he had ever heard whooping in the back of the deep hollow behind my house. He said it was making a whooping sound like the kids were doing, but was deeper and stranger in tone. He wanted to say it sounded like a Bigfoot, I could tell, but he just couldn't make himself say it for some reason and I didn't ask if he thought it might have been, just to keep him from being more uncomfortable than he was.
He told me that it actually scared him and made him have a panic attack therefore causing him to come out of the stand and come home.

Now, to August of this year. I was standing on my porch at 2:26am one night. I remember the exact time but not the exact date. Yeah, that's strange too. Anyway, I was standing outside smoking and heard this same howl, coming from the same direction that it came from last year. It actually had a really strange pitch change near the end like the ones before. I stood there for about an hour and on the mountain, in front of my house, I heard the weirdest whistles I have ever heard. Whatever was doing it, did this about 3 times in the same manner each time. No bird I ever heard has ever whistled like this. A parrot might get close, but no small songbird or mocking bird. I can whistle pretty good, but could not get that sound or the clarity of the whistle sounds. I just can't explain in words how this whistle sounded.
I have more I could tell u, but I have typed a book. I'm not looking for attention, I just wanted to tell someone that would listen, like the guy in Tazwell wanted to do. I sent a report to BFRO and to the KY Bigfoot research people, but never got a call. This made me feel a little stupid and wondered if they thought I was one of those crazy people. I did find a boy that has a page in Facebook close to our area, Southeast Ky Bigfoot research I think is the name. I called him and told him a little about it and he said they had already had plans to come to this area for a weekend or 2 after I called. I told him I would take him right where these howls seem to come from, but I never heard from him anymore. I guess work is keeping him busy. One more thing. I looked on the BFRO site and the KY Bigfoot site and found 1 report in the exact same area. Coon hunters seen what could have been a Bigfoot, cross in front if their truck on old strip mine area. It is under Pike co and this strip mine land is the same place that we heard the howls. I was surprised to see this. It is right above my house. I'm only 1/4 mile or less from Pike. The report was back in the 90s if I recall correctly. Another report was from Letcher around Whitesburg talking about a screaming or screeching bigfoot. We own 92 acres down there bordering the area this report is from. I have wanted to go there to see what might occur but I would like someone who has time, to go with me. I could take someone with more knowledge and equipment than me in case we were at the right place at the right time.

I've been wanting to tell about this to someone that will listen. My brother said he would also give his account, along with my wife.  I am trying to get anyone around here to speak up if they have had anything strange going on, but getting people around here to talk about that stuff is almost impossible. Thanks, Randy

- End

- Now if anyone in Letcher county Kentucky has heard or seen anything related to bigfoot, please contact us. A big thanks to Randy for sending us his report. I hope others from the area contact us and tell about their encounters.


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