Derry Township Hotbed for Strange Phenomena

By Jeff Himler
Friday, March 21, 2008

The Derry area has many annual traditions–including the summer agricultural fair in the township and, recently revived, the fall Railroad Days festival in the borough.

Another yearly occurrence in that neck of the woods is several reported sightings of a fellow whose shoes would be hard to fill–that is, if he wore any.

We’re talking about Bigfoot, whose exploits are among the unusual phenomena cataloged annually by Stan Gordon–a Greensburg resident who has specialized in researching unexplained happenings in Pennsylvania and beyond since 1959.

Though many of the reports Gordon has collected describe Bigfoot as a “man-like creature,” as far as I know, there’s no evidence that the creature doesn’t also exist in a female version. If it didn’t, it would be hard to account for the many decades it apparently has been roaming through the rural areas of our region–unless it’s extremely long-lived.

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