Boggy Creek Monster photo op.
Boggy Creek Monster photo op.

Boggy Creek Monster

Field review by the editors.

Fouke, Arkansas

Despite rumors to the contrary, Peavy's Monster Mart is still in business. That's a good thing, as the Monster Mart is where you have to go if you want to find out about the Boggy Creek Monster, which has terrorized these parts since the 1940s. Or, if you don't feel like going outside ever again, you can just watch The Legend of Boggy Creek (1972), Return to Boggy Creek (1977), and Boggy Creek II: And The Legend Continues (1985).

Perhaps some people thought that the Monster Mart was gone when the monster mural on its outside wall was painted over. But owner Bev Roberts assured us on a recent visit (and in an even more recent phone call) that a new one is in the works. The Mart still sells monster t-shirts and post cards, and it still has on display a plaster footprint cast from a Pacific Northwest Bigfoot (The cast of the Boggy Creek Monster footprint was lost in a fire decades ago.)

Bigfoot footprint plaster cast.
Bigfoot footprint plaster cast.

The best reason to stop here is the Boggy Creek Monster photo-op, which stands between the Monster Mart and the post office. Birds have given the monster a poop beard and hair, which we mention because the face hole is not very big. If, however, you can position your loved ones gingerly, you will have fine photos of their faces wreathed in painted-on monster fur.

As long as you're in the South and are interested in monsters, you might also want to head east to Florida and its Skunk Ape Research Headquarters.

For those who still question the viability of an attraction based on a monster, keep in mind that Boxcar Willie, who grew up in relatively nearby Ovilla, Texas, became a millionaire celebrity and had attractions in both Nashville, Tennessee, and Branson, Missouri, long after the Boggy Creek Monster first gained nationwide prominence. But Boxcar Willie is now dead, his attractions are shuttered, and the only memorial to him is a highway overpass back in Ovilla. The Boggy Creek Monster, however, lives on.

Bird poop hazard on the Boggy Creek Monster photo op.

Also see: Creatures Guide: Boggy Creek Monster

Boggy Creek Monster

Peavy's Monster Mart

Address:
104 Highway 71, Fouke, AR
Directions:
Peavy's Monster Mart. US 71 north into town. Just north of Butler St., just south of the post office. East side.
Phone:
870-653-2497
RA Rates:
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