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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Cryptids: The Fouke Monster

The Fouke Monster is an 8 foot tall, three toed, Bigfoot-like creature seen near Fouke, Arkansas. It was the inspiration for the 1972 movie The Legend of Boggy Creek.

The Fouke Monster was first seen when settlers arrived in the area, and they called it a "wild man." Later, when people were familiar with gorillas and other apes, they described it as looking like a tall, bipedal ape.

The small town of Fouke is located in Miller county, Arkansas, right where Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, and Oklahoma meet. The area is surrounded with woods and swampland, the perfect habitat for a monster.

                                                   Fouke Monster     picture credit: Tyler Houck

The most famous Fouke Monster sighting occurred in the 1960s, when the creature attacked Bobby Ford one night. Two families were living at the house, and one night the men went out to get rid of whatever was terrorizing them.  They shot at it and may have hit it, but it attacked Bobby Ford when he went to go up to the house. He was immediately taken to the hospital and treated for minor injuries and shock. The encounter was one of the final scenes in The Legend of Boggy Creek.

                                          Lynn Crabtree sees the Fouke Monster, from The Legend of Boggy Creek
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The Monster Mart in Fouke
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