In Alabama, they don’t call it Bigfoot. Or at least they didn’t back in the old days. They called it “the Booger.” In Winston County, Alabama (which has the distinction of having seceded from the Confederacy after the State of Alabama seceded from the Union during the Civil War, thus becoming the “Free State of Winston”!), one particular Booger earned special recognition. In the late 1800s, two young men, cousins, were on their way home from a community dance. Their route took them through some dense pine woods. They encountered the Booger, which spooked their horses and sent them fleeing. Not long afterward, a family traveling by wagon also sighted the Booger.
Then one night a local bootlegger was delivering some of his wares when the Booger started following—some would say chasing—his wagon. Grabbing his gun, the moonshiner fired and wounded the Booger, which ran off. Once word got out, a posse of local men was formed, and they tracked the Booger’s bloody footprints to the edge of a cliff. They assumed the Booger had fallen off to its death. I’m not so sure. As I believe these creatures are somewhat supernatural in nature, and given their propensity to just disappear, I wouldn’t put any money down that it went over the side of that cliff.
The story of the Downey Booger is still repeated as incontrovertible fact by the people of Winston County, many of them the descendants of the men involved in the encounter. Could the Downey Booger still be out there in those woods?