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YEAR: 1978 or 79
COUNTY: Shasta County
LOCATION DETAILS: All we know is it was a right curve leading to a left curve and so on. Haven't been able to identify the curve since then but have tried.
NEAREST TOWN: Redding, CA
NEAREST ROAD: 299 west; Buckhorn Mountain
OBSERVED: We saw "bigfoot" about 4 am in Shasta County, CA while driving on 299West. It was 1978 or 1979 and we were driving from Weaverville, CA to Idaho. Upon reaching Susanville, CA we had a hard time buying gasoling because it was during the shortage. We decided due to the desolate nature of the road we would be driving it would be better to go back home. We felt many gas stations would be closed and we couldn't get fuel when we needed it. Anyway, we were driving west on 299 when from our left a reddish-tan (more tan than red) image stepped onto the roadway and in two strides was over the road and into the ravine on the right side of the road. It was only illuminated in our headlights briefly and the sighting was only a few seconds. My husband and I hadn't been talking and after a minute or so my husband said "Did you see that?". His question confirmed to me that I indeed saw what I thought I saw. I would estimate the bigfoot to be about 7' tall.
OTHER WITNESSES: My husband and myself. Our child was asleep. We were driving home to Weaverville.
OTHER STORIES: I reported the incident some time later to a man in Redding, CA and was told there had been other sightings on 299 west (Buckhorn Mountain).
TIME AND CONDITIONS: 4am. weather clear and crispy cold.very dark except in headlights of the car.
ENVIRONMENT: 299 west is cut into the side of the mountain. it is heavily forrested on both sides.
Follow-up investigation report:
I talked with the witness by phone. The following details can be added to the report:
--The creature did not look at them as it crossed the road. It seemed intent on getting to the other side.
--The arms swung as it crossed the road; arms were held straight to its side.
--The coat of the creature was smooth, not matted, and appeared to be about 3 inches long; and
--creature was solid and stocky; estimated weight 400+ pounds.