Friday, November 4, 2016
Bigfoot Is Scaring Up Stories And Tourism Dollars In Southeastern Oklahoma
The stories go back for generations. Reports of something not quite human in the wooded hills of far southeastern Oklahoma. The legend of Bigfoot is growing in McCurtain County — and attracting tourists.
Charles Benton says he knows what he saw five years ago a few miles north of Broken Bow, deep in the woods near Hochatown. It’s where he says a turkey hunt turned into the scare of a lifetime.
“Behind me I could hear this moaning, this grunting. And I could feel it almost,” Benton says.
He’s tall, burley, with a weathered face and a long white beard — not Bigfoot, Charles Benton.
“I was on my all fours there for a minute,” Benton says, describing the experience. “When I got back to my knees and was getting up — see the trees that make kind of a ‘V’? Right there. In between those two trees, down there in that creek.”
He says the creature turned and looked right at him.
“I Ran up this hill, ran past my blind, my tent and all my camping stuff. Ran to my truck and never came back,” Benton says.
His equipment is still there, the colors of the collapsed tent and empty soda cans faded from years of sitting in the sun. And after chatting with people in Hochatown, it’s clear Benton’s story isn’t unique.
There are Bigfoot stories that go back generations in this area. There was even a low-budget 1972 horror movie called “The Legend of Boggy Creek” about a creature across the border in southern Arkansas.
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