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Monday, November 13, 2017

Today I wanted to continue to look back at some of the historic events and findings from the bigfoot world. The subject today is the 1982 Grays Harbor bigfoot footprints and castings. This is one of the best documented bigfoot track findings that you will come across. It was well documented by the Gray's Harbor Sheriff's Dept.

There were numerous tracks found in four separate areas. Those areas were:  Abbott Hill, Worman's Bar, Elma Gate and Porter Creek.

Abbott Hill Tracks:
This area is in the eastern part of Grays Harbor county. There was a report made about large tracks. The policeman was escorted to the area with the tracks. The tracks were described the following way: " footprints with human features in an area along the base of a fire trail". According to the report the tracks were approximately 46" apart and measured 15 1/2" long by 6 3/4" wide. Photographs were taken and a casting made of the left foot. But that is not all. There was also a hair that was removed that was between the second and third toes. That hair was sent to the Institute of Cryptozoology, in Tucson, Arizona, but I do not know the results or if it were ever reported.

Worman's Bar:
(4-22-82)Roughly at the same time there were more tracks found 7 miles west of Abbott Hill. They were found along the Satsop River, at a place call Worman's Bar. During the investigation it was discovered that there were 2 sets of tracks. What is interesting about these tracks is that they both started from under the water of the river and then went onto the bank. The largest was 17" long by 7 1/2" wide and the smallest was 15 1/2" long by 6" wide. The tracks were photographed but later when they returned to cast them, they found only portions of the tracks. The site seers had filled the area with foot tracks making them hard to find.

Elma Gate:
Officer Jim Young of the Oakville police dept. reported that more tracks had been found at Elma Gate. The tracks were discovered along the Chehalis River in an area known as "Elma Gate boat launch." Once again officers Dennis Heryford and Veryl Hutchinson went to the area to investigate. The tracks were photographed and measured. The measurement was 15" long by 6 1/4" wide and the trackline was approximately one mile.

Porter Creek:
A pastor of a local church reports and request an investigation of some large foot tracks. Once taken to the area of the tracks they observed four tracks. They were photographed, measured and two casting were made. Other evidence was found in the area. Numerous branches were broken from 8 feet to approx. 11 feet in the trees. One tree had scratch marks indicating five fingers. That portion of tree was taken down and stored as evidence. After more investigation, more tracks were found on the other side of the creek. The tracks were followed for about 1 and a half miles.

Final Thoughts:
The final thought on all of these tracks were that no 2 tracks were the same in measurement. That the creatures that made them were in excess of 600 pound.

List of investigators from the police dept.
Heryford, Dennis E. (Deputy)
Behm, Michael (Deputy)
Hutchinson, Veryl D. (Sargent)
Whiteman, Ronald W. (Sargent)

Evidence collected:
8 plaster casts
24 B&W 35 mm Kodak photos
36 Kodachrome 35 mm color slides of scenes
12 color photos, 35 mm of scene

 I actually own a replica, made from the original casting, of the left foot. This is one of the creditable track discoveries that we have on record. We have several police officers involved and a pastor. We have very detailed documentation of each area.

You can actually still buy the tracks on Amazon (Click here). They are sold by Skulls Unlimited International. You can buy the pair of just one. It should also be noted that most of these castings are privately owned and are unavailable to the public.

If you would like to read even more about these events you can do so on the BFRO's website or just
click here.

This is another one of them historic findings that is often overlooked or has been all but forgotten. If you already knew all of this information, remember that interest in bigfoot is growing and new people are coming into the community all the time. They need to know about these well documented events.

Also, the manner in which these were documented should be a good teaching tool for all of us who research or the witness who discovers tracks. It is very important to photograph,measure and document the tracks.


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.

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  1. What is the "Institute of Cryptozoology, in Tucson, Arizona"? There is the "International Society of Cryptozoology", in Tucson, but it wasn't founded until 1982.

  2. I think that is one in the same. But If I remember correctly it closed down in like 1998 or so


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