Report # 17981 (Class B)
Submitted by witness on Tuesday, February 27, 2007.
Possible sighting by two at a strip mine in the Koppel Strip Mines
COUNTY: Beaver County
LOCATION DETAILS: It was about 1/8 mile from the Wampum Mushroom mines. In the Koppel Stip mines.
NEAREST TOWN: Koppel
NEAREST ROAD: Rt 18 / Big Beaver Blvd.
OBSERVED: Hello, I am from Koppel Pa, Beaver County.
I have miles and miles of strip mines and mushroom mines all around my house.
[Editor’s Note: “Mushroom mines” are underground coal mines that were converted into subterranean farms for growing mushrooms. Mushrooms grew very well in these tunnels because the air temperature and humidity remained very stable and consistent throughout the seasons. Modern methods for stabilizing air temperature and humidity have made mushroom mines mostly obsolete, so most of these tunnels have been abandoned].
I was in the strip mines by the Wampum mushroom mines and heard a loud groaning sound. We (my buddy and I) went to make sure no one was hurt and we saw a large framed figure all a dirty brown color. I, thinking it was a brown bear, yelled very loud to spook it and make it run, but the large figure turned and looked us in the eyes and ran.
I never believed in “Bigfoot” but this is hard to ignore. It stood about 6′ plus. Very thick build kind of like a heavyweight boxer. The hair was medium in length, dirty brown. (closely resembled to a brown bear). The figure was not very threatening but instead just ran off into the mines. We looked for it for about an hour or so but didn’t see it again.
ALSO NOTICED: We both heard a loud groaning sound. Nothing else seemed out of place.
OTHER WITNESSES: There were 2 witnesses, We were on our way to explore some trails, looking for good quad trails.
OTHER STORIES: I never heard much about sightings in PA other than from this site.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: About 7:45 a.m. It was just getting light in the woods.
ENVIRONMENT: It is a very wooded area. Strip mines, There are some pines, Oak, Maple, Locust trees.