Buried A-Frame.
A-Frame home buried in volcano mud.

Bigfoot and the Buried A-Frame

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Kid Valley, Washington

About 8 1/2 hours after Mount St. Helens blew its volcanic stack on May 18, 1980 -- killing Bigfoot -- a river of mud arrived in Kid Valley, some 25 miles distant.

Reaching speeds on the way of up to 70 mph, the mud slowed to a leisurely 20 mph when it destroyed the homes in this forested hollow along Hwy 504. A newly-built A-frame house filled with 200 tons of silt, mud, water and ash.

While other signs of catastrophe are gone, the A-frame remains as part of a tourist attraction -- the North Fork Survivors Gift Shop. You could walk through the A-Frame's ground floor -- now below ground, since the mud flow raised the local elevation by a few feet (recent reports are that the Walk-Thru is closed).

tourist attraction.

As if physical evidence of the worst North American eruption in modern history wasn't enough, the attraction guarantees you will pull over by featuring the largest Bigfoot statue we've yet seen.

The Mount St. Helens Bigfoot statue is 28-feet tall, made of concrete, with intricately detailed fur and a folklorish grin. It's as if, instead of fleeing from whirring cameras, he decided to stop and strike a cute pose. You can do likewise, with the whole family, around his legs.

After the eruption, some claimed that the "real" Bigfoot had been killed once and for all.

The owners of the Survivors Gift Shop decided to honor his memory when they built their original Bigfoot statue in the mid-1980s. It was slightly smaller than the current one, and made of combustible materials, as proved by its incineration by vandals in the mid-1990s.

Bigfoot statue.

But if the real Bigfoot isn't a survivor, the Bigfoot statue is.

Also see: Creatures Guide: Bigfoot

Bigfoot and the Buried A-Frame

North Fork Survivors Gift Shop

Hwy 504, Kid Valley, WA
North Fork Survivors Gift Shop. I-5 exit 49, head east on Hwy 504 (Spirit Lake Memorial Highway) 20 miles. About a mile east of the intersection of Hwy 505 at mile post 20.5.
A-Frame Walk-Thru closed. Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Statue of the Tree PlanterStatue of the Tree Planter, Toutle, WA - 11 mi.
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