FILES // MOUNT ST. HELENS
"We had been prospecting for six years in the Mount St Helens and Louis river area in southwest Washington. We had from time to time come across large tracks by creek beds and springs. In 1924, I and four other miners were working on our gold
claim, the Vanda White. It was two miles east of Mount St Helens near a deep canyon now named Ape Canyon, which was so named after an account of the incident reached the newspapers."
"We had built a cabin ourselves and had made it very sturdy. It stood for years afterwards and was visited by many sightseers until a few years ago when it was burned to the ground, the circumstances of the fire I do not recall. In the cabin we
had a long bunk bed in which two could sleep feet to feet. The rest of us were sleeping on pine boughs on the floor. At one end of the cabin, we had a fireplace fashioned out of rocks. There were no windows in the cabin, so darkness found all of
us in the cabin more calm now, and my tooth was better somehow, the excitement seemed to work a temporary cure on it. We were sitting around puffing on pipes and talking about the trip home the next day. Each of us settled down to his crude,
but welcome bed and soon fell asleep."
This gorge along the edge of the Plains of Abraham on the
southeast shoulder of Mount St. Helens in the state of Washington was not always known as Ape Canyon—not until the famous incident that took place in the narrow valley back in 1924.
"We found large tracts, and they photographed them. We did not see any of the apemen then, nor could we find the ones we had shot. Some people were asking questions: was it true, or was it just a wild tale? I can assure you it is true that they
are human, animal or devils."
Was this a Bigfoot/Sasquatch/Yeti footprint?