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Texas Bigfoot Conference Converges on East Texas This Weekend

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Bigfoot enthusiasts will head to the Caddo Lake area of East Texas this weekend, as skeptics and believers alike gather in Jefferson to attend the 2017 Texas Bigfoot Conference October 6-8. Originating in 2001, the Texas Bigfoot Conference is a weekend-long event where Bigfoot experts meet to discuss and compare theories and sightings of the elusive Bigfoot creature, who has been spotted all over the country – most notably in east Texas.

Long History of Bigfoot Sightings in Texas


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According to the Texas Bigfoot Research Center, there has been a long history of sightings in the state of Texas. One of the first in the history books is the strange case of the “The Wild Woman Of The Navidad.” This is a story that was recounted in the Legends of Texas published by the Texas Folklore Society in 1924. The creature was described as covered with short brown hair and was very fast. She eluded capture because the horses were so afraid of the strange creature that they could not be urged within reach.

East Texas Is a Hotbed of Bigfoot Activity

East Texas woods

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East Texas, where the majority of the reported sightings of Bigfoot occur in the state, boasts of nearly 12 million acres of forestland. Craig Woolheater, head of the Texas Bigfoot Research Center in nearby Jefferson, says Caddo Lake is a land of Bigfoot. And he’s not kidding.

In 2002, residents of Sabine, Texas, reported seeing a gray, ape-like creature in the area’s dense forests. The local newspaper dubbed the creature the “Sabine Thing.” A similar beast called the “Caddo Critter,” is said to have inhabited the bottoms around scenic Caddo Lake in the 1970’s. The Sulphur River along the Texas-Arkansas border has been a source of similar sightings for decades.

Texas Bigfoot Conference October 6-8

Texas Bigfoot

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The conference will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the infamous Patterson-Gimlin Bigfoot film that was captured on October 20, 1967, in Bluff Creek, California. The film is the most famous American short motion picture of an unidentified subject which the filmmakers have said was a Bigfoot. The film has been written off by many as a hoax but the filmmakers have held-strong in their resolve that the film is 100% real.

The conference takes place at Jefferson Tourism and Visitor Center, 305 E. Austin St. in Jefferson, TX. Ticket prices range from $10 to $150 and can be purchased here. To learn more about the Texas Bigfoot Conference, follow the Facebook page of the Texas Bigfoot Research Center.