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A bigfoot of a different kind

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This is a tale about Idaho’s famous “Bigfoot,” who was responsible for a number of stagecoach and wagon train robberies and killings.

He roamed the desolate hills of Owyhee County and met his demise there.

The name “Bigfoot” came from Shoshoni words “Namp,” meaning foot, and “puh,” meaning big.

He was not the Sasquatch-type of Bigfoot, but an actual desperado who came out of Idaho folklore. His foot measured 17.5 inches long, so he’d received his name honestly.

He was born into the Cherokee nation and was named Starr Wilkerson, son of a white man and a Cherokee woman. It...

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