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COUNTY: Boulder County
LOCATION DETAILS: Precise location withheld on request of witness. Location is near Sugar Loaf Mountain.
NEAREST TOWN: Boulder
NEAREST ROAD: Road name withheld at request of witness.
OBSERVED: This incident occurred after my husband, myself and our 3 children and I had moved up to some land purchased on Sugar Loaf mountain west of Boulder. My husband managed a tavern at the time and had purchased the five-acre silver mining claim for a song from (name withheld) at the bar and on a paper napkin. We built a tiny 12 x 16' cabin and squeezed ourselves in there on the south side of the mountain about 2/3 of the way along the original little mining road.
The cabin was on only level land on a heavily treed and rocked parcel. The north side of the cabin snugged right up against the mountain slope with pine trees all around. That side was two plywood sections high, which would have put it a hair over 16'. We had an over-sized plywood platform "bunk-bed" in the NE corner of the cabin with we adults and our baby daughter on the first level and the two boys on the upper level. We put in a little window up there for them for air and put an inside shutter on it so they could close it when it got really cold, which it sometimes did. It reached 40 below the first winter we were there.
I think it was during the second autumn there, so it would have been 1971, our then 5 1/2 yr old son claimed he heard the sound of footsteps in the early evening after hearing a really strange sound - definitely animal, but he had no words at that age to describe it. He said it sounded like a call of some sort and "bigger" than an owl (some kind of hooting???). Then he heard some noises close by - rustlings, etc. When he looked up through the open shutter window - he said he looked right into the face of a "monster." All I know for sure is that I'll certainly never forget his terrified screams!
When he calmed down, he described it as dark and very hairy and a "funny" face and glowing eyes; it turned and ran away as soon as he started screaming. His brother, two years older, slept through the incident until his brother's shrieks woke us all.
With the ground sharply slanted up, we figured something would have had to have been just about 7-8' tall to peer into that upper window. Not being trained trackers, we found no evidence the next day, but our son, who is now almost 35, swears to this day, that it was Bigfoot that he saw. And I have always believed him since there was no way in the world that, at his age, he could have made up that precise an auditory and visual image or his terror.
He came over and visited us this morning. I told him about the article in the Post and he reiterated his story. He says the image has never left him and probably never will.
ALSO NOTICED: Footsteps outside; a strange call "bigger" than an owl.
OTHER WITNESSES: Only my very young son, but 2 adults and 2 other children were present in the cabin at the time
OTHER STORIES: No- and we said nothing to anyone because they would have thought we were totally nuts.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Night, probably a good moon or else he couldn't have seen anything. Don't think there was snow.
ENVIRONMENT: Pine forest, some rock formations - was active silver mine (first to be "certified" in Boulder Cty) with still a big pit at the end of the road into the property
Follow-up investigation report:
Spoke with witness' mother who said her son, now 35, didn't want to be interviewed, but did add these recollections in a conversation with her.
The father and son some years later went back to the old home and confirmed that in order to peek into the upstairs window, the visitor would have had to be at least seven or eight feet tall.
The son remembered strangely glowing "pupil-less" eyes.
He was so scared by the apparition in the window he came racing down a ladder from the loft and started nailing the front door shut.
"He said he was going to save us all from the monster,'' his mother said.