Willow Creek, Humboldt County, CA & BEYOND:
Sasquatch Kitsch and Culture in Northern California
Many search the world over for signs of the elusive Sasquatch. In Willow Creek we see Bigfoot every day!
Signs, signs, everywhere signs....
THE OH MAH BIGFOOT STATUE...
Oh Mah is the Hoopa name for the creature ("Boss of the Mountains"), antedating by centuries the white folks' term, "Bigfoot." Now located at the corner of Highways 96 and 299. Early Bigfooter and Humboldtian Jim McClarin sculpted this famous statue out of redwood, and it can be seen towering beside many a tourist, including the likes of Rene Dahinden. It has come to be the prime statuary symbol of Willow Creek's Bigfoot. From years of negelct one may note dry rot and insect damage to his reinforced feet. Recently a move placed him back from the corner and up against the Gonzalez Restaurant. He gets no respect from the birds.
The Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center has lots of helpful information, and can tell you exactly where to find the secret Sasquatch cave!
THE WILLOW CREEK-CHINA FLAT MUSEUM and BIGFOOT COLLECTION...
This local history museum is great for its size. One of its primordial founders is Bigfooter Godfather, Al Hodgson. The Bob Titmus track collection and many other artifacts may be found in the special BF wing. Jeff Meldrum has been seen lurking about practicing his foot fetish. The statue, strangely leaning, was fashioned from another giant slab of redwood. Get your Bigfoot Merchandise, even a Bigfoot Country shot glass, in the Gift Shop.
THE GAS STATION: ONCE UNION 76, NOW PATRIOT GAS--A BIGFOOT MECCA
The former owners for decades were BF enthusiasts (or promoters). The kindly new Pakistani owners don't go for the Foot so much, but have great hookahs, knick-knacks, and a fine price on Bigfoot's favorite beer, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Located in central Willow Creek. The mural was done by Richard Parish, of Parish Signs. The statue, I am told, was based upon his designs. Recently mural was hit by a truck or RV, and now has a number of its siding boards replaced awkwardly in off-white panels.
AROUND TOWN: Central Willow Creek
The defunct Sherie's Restaurant has Bigfoot getting an ice cream cone.
The Bigfoot Motel is aptly named. Bigfoot has been sighted bathing in the pool.
Bigfoot Rafting's sign is now gone, removed for development on the hillside, where vast amounts of rock were removed and a parking lot will most likely cover the little meadow. The company has a location down on the back of Cinnabar Sam's for river enthusiasts.
Good old Bob's Market is now a Ray's, and all the BF merchandise is gone. Once home to "Bigfoot Stepped on Me" and other amusing t-shirts, Bigfoot coffee mugs and post cards of the Sasquatch. Their grocery bag takes the prize for best BF humor art.
The Bigfoot Dollar or More has a foot-shaped bulletin board. They are moving to a new building over by the post office.
DOWN HIGHWAY 96 A WAYS: The School, Willow Creek Motel
The new owner of the Willow Creek Motel, just across the bridge where Willow Creek meets the Trinity River, has an apparent interest in the Giant Hairy Ape.
Trinity Valley Elementary, near Big Rock and the gravel quarry, has some footprints and an interesting child's BF depiction on the tile wall.
TVES was also the location for the fabulous
2003 International Bigfoot Symposium,
attended by luminaries such as John Green, Bob Gimlin, Dimitri Bayanov, Daniel Perez, Jeff Meldrum, John Bindernagel, Al Hodgson and others.
EASTERN WILLOW CREEK: THE EARLY BIRD/BIGFOOT BURGER, BIGFOOT BOOKS, ETC.
The Early Bird, home of the foot-shaped, double-patty Bigfoot Burger, once served a BF Donut. The interior mural is a rare and endearing depiction of Sasquatch family life and romance. They are the main Welcome to Bigfoot Country purveyors on the east side of town. This is China Flat, once home to the original town, a Chinese mining encampment and community.
Right nearby is Bigfoot Books, an open store general stock and internet-based used book shop; they also specialize in, of all things, books on Sasquatch, and have a nifty collection of ephemeral Bigfoot-Sasquatch cultural debris displayed on the walls. Both are right on Highway 299.
Bigfoot Gas in McKinleyville proves, in this archival photo, that Bigfoot has a big log. The mural has since been replaced with a tamed down version.
Found on the side of a house near the Bigfoot Country Club, off Bigfoot Lane. Go figure--Bigfoot gets a kick out of it.
Our Local Newspaper, THE BIGFOOT VALLEY NEWS, "A Purely Postive Read." No Sasquatch Attacks! stories here, I guess.
Steven Streufert, Bookseller
BIGFOOT BOOKS at
40600 Highway 299
P. O. Box 1167
Willow Creek, CA 95573 USA
(530) 629-3076 http://users.gotsky.com/s_streufert/ Got submissions? Bigfoot Sightings, footprints, scat? Mail to: email@example.com
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The topography of Bluff Creek upper watershed is mind-boggling. Easy to see a Sasquatch hiding in there! Look closely for Louse Camp, at the base of Notice Creek. This is the Bigfoot Heartland, right down from the Patterson-Gimlin film site.
Did this book inspire Jon Olsen's amazing c-grade classic film, APE CANYON??? Surely.
Bigfoot is a NICE guy, so Denali tells me. And he is REAL, like Santa Claus, God and the Easter Bunny!!!
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