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Media Article # 284

Friday, May 9, 1851

"Unknown Creature Sighted in Arkansas" "Wild Man of the Woods"

The Memphis Enquirer

During March last, Mr. Hamilton of Greene county, Arkansas, while out hunting with an acquaintance, observed a drove of cattle in a state of apparent alarm, evidently pursued by some dreaded enemy. Halting for the purpose, they soon discovered as the animals fled by them, that they were followed by an animal bearing the unmistakable likeness of humanity. He was of gigantic stature, the body being covered with hair and the head with long locks that fairly enveloped his neck and shoulders. The "wildman", for we must so call him, after looking at them deliberately for a short time, turned and ran away with great speed, leaping from twelve to fourteen feet at a time. His foot prints measured thirteen inches each.

This singular creature has long been known traditionally in St. Francis Green and Poinsett counties. Arkansas sportsmen and hunters having described him so long as seventeen years since. A planter, indeed, saw him very recently, but withheld his information lest he should not be credited, until the account of Mr. Hamilton and his friend placed the existence of the animal beyond cavil."

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PLEASE NOTE: Cryptozoology author Loren Coleman found the 1851 Arkansas article during his investigations in the early 1960s, and shared it with Bigfoot researchers George Haas and John Green. It has come down through the years as one of the earliest accounts from the Midwest USA.

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