posted on Aug, 6 2009 @ 10:59 PM
Not sure if this has been covered:
Most paranormal researchers consider this story to be a good example of Old West
creative writing on the part of the newspaper. But there may be a hint of truth
in it. In 1970, a man named Harry McClure claimed that he knew one of the
cowboys when he was a small boy. The real story, as the cowboy told the youth,
was that the creature they shot at had a wingspan of 20 to 30 feet. They did not
kill the Thunderbird, however, and returned to town only with their fantastic
One more intriguing element to this anecdote is that a photo was supposedly
taken of the great creature, held up with its wings spread by several
townspeople. Remarkably, many people recall seeing this photograph printed in
Fate, National Geographic or Grit magazine, or in some book about the Old West,
but as yet this photo has not been produced.
Obviously, the cowboy would be dead, and Harry McClure probably would be as well. Names are good, though. Sometimes they have family members who know
crap and are just waiting for somebody to ask them.
Maybe somebody else can try this too, with their own search words: I'm running and advanced search and limiting my search to the time period of "1
Jan 1981 - 1 Jan 2002" and I'm coming up with virtually NOTHING in terms of search results. And most of the results look pretty spammish. This, of
course, means nothing other than the fact that the topic wasn't being widely researched until after everybody and their mother was online. We might
have to rely on books.
Have we looked into Jim O'Neil? This isn't the photo in question, but it could be interesting.
And while Fortean Times reports the quest for the photographic evidence of the great Thunderbird, a Michigan photographer has, perhaps,
captured him in his native element: as a lightning strike from the bowels of thunderclouds in the sky.
"The lightning of a midnight storm has sculptured a Great Bird in the night sky over a beautiful bay on Northern Lake Michigan," says Jim O'Neil.
"It was claimed this mystical bird was the connecting link between the Indian People and the Great Spirit --- a great protector, and showed himself
upon their landscape, their waters, and their great natural cathedral."
O' Neil says the Thunderbird photo (which he sells in a limited edition), has become the “epitome" of all his work. His Upper Michigan Peninsula
Shores Gallery features a series of his photographs of Thunderbird lightning here.
Let me tell ya, I've never seen anything close to a Pterosaur in Michigan. I also haven't heard stories. Sounds like he sells fake photos to
tourists, if you ask me. I'm going to look into him, though.
Meh ... found him; he's just your typical "Yooper" with a cool picture of
. Nothing to see here.
[edit on 6-8-2009 by theWCH]