Jeffery Wells explores the mystery of Bigfoot in Georgia from the earliest Native American legends through the latest Bigfoot hoax. He reports on encounters throughout history, the Elkins Creek cast, and the fascinating people who are searching in Georgia today for clues about the elusive creature, better known for its exploits in California and the Pacific Northwest.
Professor Jeffery Wells is a 10th-generation Georgian. Having grown up in the state, he is quite familiar with its terrain, geography, and history. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia in history and a master’s degree in history from Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville. He is currently the social sciences and education department chairman for Georgia Military College’s Atlanta campus. He has published several articles on Georgia history in various magazines and newsletters, as well as penned chapters on the state’s history for Georgia history textbooks. He currently resides in the Metro Atlanta area.
Jeffery Wells effectively uses his skills as a researcher of history and a college educator to bring to life, in a clear and well organized manner, the surprisingly lengthy story of Bigfoot reports in Georgia. He diligently examines the relevant background information surrounding each case, and whenever possible fills in the reader on the background and personalities of those people in Georgia who have been the source of the reports.
The book begins with an in depth examination of native American legends predating European settlement, followed by reports from early settlers and going well into the 20th century. Newly documented reports of this nature concerning Bigfoot are of special interest to me because the “copycat factor” afforded by the modern internet was not available to these witnesses.
In covering the last few decades, Mr. Wells does a very thorough job of documenting and reporting on the Bigfoot phenomenon in Georgia and those who have been investigating it in their various parts of the state. Throughout the book he maintains an objective attitude, being careful to present reports accurately and without embellishment or personal interpretations. In the final chapter he presents some thoughtful conclusions about what it all means for the residents of Georgia and for the large hairy bipeds that have been reported in so many parts of the state.
I found this book to be enjoyable and informative, and it is a must read for anyone interested in Bigfoot in Georgia.
Michigan Bigfoot Information Center