Linn county, OR
Nearest town: Sweet Home
Nearest road: 11 Line off quartzville Rd.
Conditions: sunny with a breez
Time: late afternoon
Location: Up the 11 line above butler creek about 3 miles on gravel road, on the right side of the road there was a small stream going up and it was about 75 yds.
Caves are all over the area from mining.
Description of event: My friend Mel and I were up panning for gold.
He was on the left side of the road and I decided to walk up a small stream on the right side to see if I could find anything. I was about 75 yrds in standing on a log that had crossed the stream taking a rest when I smelled a musty smell and the hair stood up on the back of my neck, I turn around to see something take one step in the middle of a 8 ft stream and to the other side. (It was 6-7 feet tall, brown and black, longer arms with slight humped back.) At that time I unholstered my sidearm and put a round in the chamber. I just stood there for a couple of minutes trying to see or hear anything to no avail. I slowly made my way back to the road through the thick brush the same way I had come in and told Mel what I had seen, he diden't know what to think. I have been in the mountains my whole life and not seen anything remotely close to what I had seen that day although I have smelled the same musty smell on other occasions while out in the bush.
record updated:2005-11-29 00:00:00