Bigfoot in Illinois is an article posted on the Prairie Ghosts website. After reading about the Illinois sightings, I believe there’s an infestation of Bigfoot in that state. Actually, from Bigfoot’s point of view (and he was here first, right?) there’s probably an infestation of humans. The run-ins people have had with a huge hairy creature there give me the impression that he’s so used to being around people he’s become very curious and takes risks on being seen.
This is a heavily populated state but still, Bigfoot has been seen in various parts of central Illinois including Effingham, Decatur, Clinton, Pekin, Peoria, and Farmer City; south to Centreville (and St. Louis,) Murphysboro, Enfield, and Chittyville, and north to Elizabeth. There was even a sighting in Westchester, Cook County! Weldon Springs State Park and Shawnee National Forest are sighting locations. Most recently, in 2000, there was a sighting in Essex. So if you’re in Illinois, by now you probably feel like you’re surrounded by Bigfoot encounter locations. Perhaps many of the sightings are of one rogue, lost Bigfoot roaming through Illinois, not knowing how to get out of the populated areas. Or… maybe there’s nests of them here and there with entire family groups.
To the man who emailed me on August 9, 2009 about finding Bigfoot footprints near Murphysboro, Illinois… yes… they’re in Illinois and at least one has been seen in Murphysboro before! Here’s another link on the same site with more information: The Murphysboro Mud Monster.
I looked on Google Maps for all these places. I saw how skimpy the wooded areas of the state are. I can only feel sorry for the poor Bigfoot who is trying to maintain cover when there are so many people all around.
One strange sighting was the Cole Hollow Road Monster, nicknamed Cohomo. Starting in May 1972, in East Peoria, there were multiple sightings of a tall white hairy being suspected of living beneath an abandoned house. On May 25 the police took over 200 calls from people who had spotted Cohomo.
One man said he spotted the creature nearby in Fondulac Park and stranger still, said that “a set of strange lights … seemed to descend vertically and land behind some trees.” Hmmm…
The last sighting of Cohomo was on July 27 that year when two people said they saw him swimming in the Illinois River. The site says, “They got close enough to him to know that he smelled awful and looked like a ‘cross between an ape and a caveman’.” Seems strange that he was swimming and still smelled bad! The map below shows the area where Cohomo was a resident in 1972.
Update! 1/18/16 – A message board post reports a Sasquatch sighting and tree knocking in the area of Spring Lake, Illinois. My first question was – where is Spring Lake? I should probably ask more relevant questions like “when did this happen?” and “who wants to tell me more?”
I looked for Spring Lake on the web and found this page from the Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources: Spring Lake Fish and Wildlife Area. I also checked on the map, which shows a few trees for wildlife cover but I wouldn’t say the area is heavily wooded. There seems to be a lot of agricultural development in the area. It is sad to think that a Bigfoot community might be limited to a small forest rather than a big one.
In my fictional account of a Bigfoot named Oja (still unpublished) she met another Bigfoot in – of all places – a forest in Illinois. He could have come from the Spring Lake area, but his territory was hardly limited because he knew the skill of interdimensional travel. In his other world there was forest without end. Maybe that’s what is helping the Sasquatches in the Spring Lake, Illinois area to thrive.
Here’s the map of the Spring Lake area:
Note the proximity to the Sand Ridge State Park. This could be a good location for further Bigfoot research activities. I would like to hear from anyone who has had a Bigfoot sighting in the area, or found other related Bigfoot evidence including signs of habitation or footprints.