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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The Truth About Bigfoot

From canyon to cave, the Sasquatch legend persists.


Rumors have circulated for years that Washington’s Cascades are the native habitat of Bigfoot (aka Sasquatch). Some certainly emanate from events that occurred (or not) one evening in 1924 in a canyon—ever since known as Ape Canyon (elevation: 4,200 feet)—southeast of Mount St. Helens. A group of miners shot at a mysterious 7-foot-tall apelike creature that was milling around the makeshift cabin they had built in the canyon to assay a nearby claim. That night, as the miners tried to get some shut-eye, their cabin was reportedly pelted with rocks, logs and other forest debris by a band of at least three of the “Big Foot” ape creatures—the miners later measured footprints at up to 19 inches long. In the morning, the story goes, the miners came upon and shot one of the ape creatures, which fell some 400 feet into the canyon, presumably to a certain death, although no remains of any kind were ever recovered. While other alleged Bigfoot “sightings” have occurred throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond, the events that took place (or not) at Ape Canyon in 1924 will forever stand as the beginning of our fascination with the legend. These days, you can check out Ape Canyon while visiting the lesser known south and east sides of Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. On the other side of the mountain lies Ape Cave, which may also have a connection to Bigfoot, but only because a troop of Boy Scouts, sponsored by a group called the St. Helens Apes, explored the cave extensively in the 1950s. Alas, they found no evidence of previous human—or semihuman— habitation. The St. Helens Apes, incidentally, were mostly foresters, and their name may have come from “brush apes”—a nickname for foresters—and not from the legend of Bigfoot.

Durham, WA now up on Ghost Towns of Washington

Durham, Wa now up at http://www.ghosttownsofwashington.com/Durham.html

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Burnett, Wa Cemetery

I have been doing some exploring again in the Carbon River area along Burnett, Wilkeson, and Carbonado.  I had heard a rumor of Burnett having a cemetery at one time.  I could not find any records of the cemetery existing today or location.  I finally ran across a small piece of information I found fascinating.

Ten graves (or more) were exhumed and moved in 1954.
There was an epidemic of tyhpoid and to protect the community
graves were removed.  Who and where is unknown.
The small listing below was left at that time.
Mary Barber was a child and the relatives in California had her body exhumed
to be there.

A local resident was paid to upkeep her grave site for many years before she was
moved.  He built a picket fence and took flowers annually on her death date.
All stones and graves are gone and this cemetery is now non-existent.

I cannot find any other information on the exhumation.  I have seen the movie Poltergeist.........hmmm makes one wonder.