Recently, the popular Animal Planet program, “Finding Bigfoot,” aired an episode filmed in the nearby Knoxville, Tenn., area. In the March 3 edition of the Bristol Herald Courier, local historian, Bud Phillips, shared several accounts of Bigfoot sightings in a wooded, mountainous area outside of the city near Abingdon. There was even a skeleton later recovered, thought to be the creature.
Bud Phillips is known to almost everyone as Bristol’s historian; he came here in the 1950’s and has been documenting the rich oral history of the area ever since. Much of the information he gleaned in his younger days was from very old people in the area who remembered events from a long, long time ago.