1960 Bluff Creek

 

Year 1960
State CA
County Del Norte
Location Bluff Creek
Found by Unknown
Documented by Peter Byrne
Length  14 in
Width (ball)  6.5 in
Width (heel)  5 in
Stride  unknown

 

This cast was made in 1960 by Peter Byrne. He told me at his home that he had only found two nice prints over the years, and cast one of them (one was in several inches of water). He then then showed me a photograph of the footprint and informed me that the latex mold of the cast had been given to Larry Lund of Vancouver, WA as a gift. I later obtained a copy of the cast from Lund.

Based on the shape of the footprint in the ground, it is clear from the photographs that the latex mold given to Lund is not from the print that Byrne photographed in 1960. I inquired to Lund about the discrepancy, and he was kind enough to ask Byrne about the issue. He seemed as puzzled as we were.

Despite being one of the more widely circulated casts, very little is known about it. It is not known if Peter has more notes on the finding, but a request for more information has been sent.

The cast has what appears to be forest duff squeezing out from between the toes. In poor copies of the cast, these appear as webbing or stretch marks, but in first generation copies (as shown below), these markings are clearly pine needles and such.

Along the inside of the foot, there is a hint of the “double ball” which is a feature found in some, but not all, bigfoot casts. This feature seems to be a flexion crease corresponding to the metatarsalphalangeal joint which lies underneath. This feature can be observed in infant humans, though most lose this feature as they mature and the foot develops. In sasquatches, this feature indicates the presence of a thick fat pad which folds and bunches up as the foot flexes.

This cast (or at least the footprint in the photograph) is thought to be from the same individual that is shown in the Patterson/Gimlin film of 1967. Interestingly, her footprints were found on several occasions over the years leading up to the film, but never afterwards.

Chris Murphy’s book, Bigfoot Encounters in Ohio, shows a photograph of this footprint cast next to one found in Ohio. The shape corresponds very well.

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