Bigfoot in the Inland Empire and Fontana

Fontana (San Bernardino County), California Big Foot Rampages through old Fontana Drag Strip area

A short-order cook who lived in the Fontana area since the 1940s, said over the years friends of his shared stories about the "Speedway Monster." He couldn't elaborate but said "some old-timers" (I'm In there somewhere) told him that back in 1951-52, a crowd of fans at the Fontana Speedway saw, at a distance, what seemed to be a hairy, two-legged giant criss-cross an open field. The criss-crossing creature appeared in the same area "quite a few times" in the early 1950s the 60's 70's and even the 80's. Despite repeated sightings of the Speedway Monster during all of these decades, no one apparently ever got close enough to identify it clearly.

In 1991, on several successive nights the John Davis family heard "something heavy on two legs" run across their chicken yard. "The footfalls were so heavy-sounding the house shook," said Mrs. Davis. Mr. Davis found several of his chickens completely flattened one morning, " if something played hopscotch on those birds." The Davis' youngest son glimpsed what he described as a "real big, gray-colored ape." A section of fencing was pulled up and pet dogs howled and cowered indoors at night. The Davis home is the home you see as you travel north on Summit Ave and is located at the base of the foothills of Lytle Creek.

Also in 1992, on Foothill and areas to the east, several reports came in from a couple of families traveling on Foothill about a family of Big Foots crossing over the tracks that crossed over Foothill down where Ace Hardware is located.

But once the drag strip was closed after a particular nasty accident which resulted in the beheading of the driver involved, reports of Bigfoot activity in Fontana also stopped

But, as it turns out, there are plenty of other Bigfoot sightings in Southern California. In fact, according to Bobbie Short, webmaster of the Bigfoot site, the first ever sightings of Sasquatch were here.

"Sasquatches have been reported in remote locations of Southern California since the early 1700s," Short says. "The mission padres wrote about them."

One account appeared in 1876 in a San Diego newspaper. Turner Helm's partner said the two were prospecting in different areas of Warner's Ranch when Helm saw a man covered with thick black hair, like that of a bear, but with a man's face.

"He was a man of about medium size," Helms' partner said, "and had rather fine features -- not at all like those of an Indian but more like an American or Spaniard.

"Mr. Helm spoke to the singular creature, first in English and then Spanish and then in Indian but the man remained silent. Mr. Helm called to me, but the wind was blowing so hard that I could not hear him. The wild man then turned and went over the hill and was soon out of sight."

In 1993, a camper in Barton Flats reported being awakened in the middle of the night by footsteps outside the van he was sleeping in. Suddenly the van began rocking violently. The camper yelled and the rocking stopped. When he shined his flashlight out the van window, he says he saw a figure covered with hair, walking upright like a man as it headed into the forest.

Here is the link to the site if you are interested in reading more about Bigfoot sightings in the IE and the rest of the southland.



I interviewed 5 witnesses in Norco who saw a large hairy man Jan.5 2008 in the Norco river bottom.On investigating the area I found and photographed a series of 22" barefoot human like prints coming out of the river 150 yds. from the sighting. This is not the first encounter in this area.I have lived on the Santa Ana river all my life and know of other sightings.I have found other prints in the past that I could not write off as hoax or anomaly.I feel these animals use the river corridors for winter travel and to escape the snow.Amazing for such a high density population area,but the fact is I could move from San Bernardino to Orange county in the river thickets and not be seen.Contact me by leaving a message at this site. mv

Ah, bull pucky - unless that quake was bigfoot jumping up and down?

My dad claims that when he was young he used to see a whole family of bigfoot. He says that the little ones used to throw pebbles at them. I grew up hearing this all my life.  He grew up in San Bernardino but I forgot what area he says that they would hang out.

I grew up in Norco and my friends and I used to ride our bikes down to the riverbottom. This was before the 15 freeway went through Norco, over 20 years ago. I, personally, have never seen anything like bigfoot, but my brothers had friends who did. The only weird things I found in the riverbottom were strange altars and dead cats and porn magazines. Oh and the occasional transient camp

The reason you have seen that stuff is because the homeless people that are in norco and mira loma and now eastvale live down there. We go riding down there all the time and you see them bathing and craping in the river. Its no bigfoot.

I believe you.Do you think he uses the river coming down from the mountains.I talk to a friend who had A encounter in Lytle creek in 2008.

you guys are crazy. next you will be saying you see ufos

Can you send a pic

Sasquatches do follow rivers, creek beds and lakeshores in BC Canada, when they go south in the fall. They get water and game at night and early in the morning close to water. You can walk faster that way going south, as Indians have known for centuries. And, yes, sasquatches do exist. If only those who see them would report their sightings to serious organizations studying them, at or, we could study their migratory patterns more easily. A small percentage of sightings is reported.
P.S. I never saw a Sasquatch, but I had seen two UFOs. They are not related.

I encountered Bigfoot in Northern California in the mid 1980's. My friend and I were on our way to fort Bragg to ride the "skunk train", and in between Cloverdale and Fort Bragg is where we had our bizarre and frightening encounter. We had pulled off to the side of the road to take a leak. I noticed a rustling in the brush, which was alarming, the night was very very dark. There was just enough light from the flat bed pick-up to see the vegetation. As I finished taking care of business, I smelled the most horrible stench I can recall. It was like sweet, pungent garbage, the smell was positively revolting. I distinctly remember seeing just enough of an outline in the dark to distinguish a massive creature now standing upright in the foliage. At which point I heard it crash off in the brush hurriedly. I do not believe we encountered a bear a coyote or any other quadruped. It was not a Grizzly as they have been extirpated from this state for decades and it sure as heck was not a giant homeless person escaped from a state mental hospital! The smell remained on our clothes and could be smelled in the cab for many hours afterwards. My friend Greg and I both believed we had an encounter with Bigfoot/Sasquatch that dark moonless night many years ago.

I grew up on a dairy on River Road. The pastures and hay fields border the Santa Ana River property line. We had geese, pigs, deer, chickens, cats, and dogs as pets so I know what their normal and distress calls sounded like. The coyotes were heard all the time. Every ones in a while though we would here screams coming from the river bottom that sounded as if they were coming from someone in distress. Creepy. My dad said is was the feral pigs going at it. Never saw anything so I can't say with all certainty. Very possible and likely that this would be used as a transit corridor by them.

All i can say is if Big Foot is a fake, why do we have 3 states have laws against shooting at them with anything but a camera...I believe California is one state considerating a ban as well, although that was a couple of years ago.

Just because you have never seen one dont mean they dont exist....I've seen several ghosts, but most people haven't, nor do they beleive in them....I saw my first ghost when I was too young to even know what i was seeing until i described what I had seen to my mom.

The same goes for Big Foot....I have been in several mountain areas and found tracks that were hugh. My uncle told me they were elk....Yeah right, In Running Springs....


u guys are fucking stupid...
thats what u call being easily manipulated by stupidity......

I believe that Bigfoot is real because I know what Bigfoot is. The film that Roger Patterson and Bob Gimlin made in 1967 in Northern California at Bluff Creek of Bigfoot was real. Here is what they filmed on October/20/1967. Several thousand years ago there were thousands of slaves that ran off around the world and started their own countries. When these slaves ran off there was a large group of men and boys of all different ages and sizes that took off and ended up in Africa. Some of them were giants as tall as 9 ft. or even taller. The giant named Goliath that David killed with his slingshot was 9 ft. tall. So there were giant men in those days. Some of these men and boys went exploring to Borneo and caught female Orangutans and took them to South America and had sex with them and created the Indians. The men and boys that stayed in Africa caught female Gorillas and had sex with them and created the Africans. When scientists found the bones in Africa they thought we evolved from a female Chimpanzee. But it wasn't a natural evolution it was a man made evolution. That's where all the Bigfoot and Orangutan creatures come from. They are half man and half Gorilla and half man and half Orangutan. They use to call the Indians the red man. The Orangutan has reddish hair. When those men bred out the hair the Indian's skin remained red. The Gorilla has black hair and skin. When those men bred out the hair the African's skin remained black. Some of the Indians and Africans are tall. And some of the Bigfoot and Orangutan creatures are tall. They are tall because some of the men that created them were tall. Some scientists believe that we evolved from a female Chimpanzee. Have you ever seen an 8 ft. tall Chimpanzee? I haven't either. Bigfoot migrated up through Africa and came into the United States at the top of Africa when the land was connected. The Orangutan creatures migrated up through Central America and came into the United States like the Indians did. The creature that Roger Patterson and Bob Gimlin filmed in 1967 was half man and half Gorilla. It was a female Bigfoot that they named Patty. Patty was not a man in a costume, she is not our missing link and she is not a figment of our imagination. Patty was a creature that was created by men that had sex with female Gorillas and Orangutans a long time ago. Believe it or not, man created his own evolution.

are you fucking kidding me????? thats your story??? your fucking ape would rip apart a man if he tried to fuck it you dumb ass..

If she was in heat, she would submit...

Haven't you ever heard of ropes? How stupid are you?

I would say YOU are the retarded one because you cannot express yourself without using the "F" word. No matter what that other person believes, you are the moron. Try real hard to use a sentence without profanity.

The story you relate here is pretty far-fetched if not impossible. I have never heard or read about someone having intercourse with an ape. The chimp/ape/orangutan would rip your wanker off and have if for breakfast...that is after it's done laughing at it's size.

Haven't you ever heard of ropes dumbass?

You are a WACKO!!! And this is coming from someone that not only believes in Bigfoot, but I also believe in ghosts, ufo's, and that Christians Will ultimately be the downfall to human civilization as we know it!!
Read a book...Educate yourself!!

This is the most absurd and rediculous,stupidest thing I have ever read! Next this guy is going to be passing out white sheets and burning crosses! Give me a freakin' break!

This is the type of insulting non-sense that brings a bad conutation to the serious researchers of BFRO and others. To be nut case is one thing but don't go around sprewing this to others under the umbrella that you know what your talking about.

sheesh,..we cant produce offspring with apes knucklehead, yeah, dont get any funny ideas.

If you people believe that humans and primates can not reproduce, then I suggest that you watch these videos.

LOL..Both video's show very bad makeup effects and these were not made by national geographic. can you say very bad home editing!!! You are a joke if you think these poorly made videos with the worst makeup effects i have ever seen proves anything. Get a life and wake up. You seriuosly are the one that needs to get educated !!!

geez, that's your take on evolution? you are a fuckin' idiot

OMG !!! LOL>>LOL someone needs to take an anthropolgy course or something !!! if not please at least pull your head out of your ass and breathe real air, it may help you see the worl as it actually is!!.

Hi mv, I'm serious about the the bigfoot phenomenom and would like more information. How can I contact you directly?

Thanks to all. I haven't laughed this hard in a while.

I too mv have a scientific interest in pursuing the existance of Big Foot. Good question how do we contact you?

I saw one in modjeska canyon in 1985. It was a very windy day, I came around a corner and it was getting a drink. 20 yards away, when it saw me, it went up a hill taking 20 foot leaps on all fours,( the hill was steep) all black, thick forearms, hair about 2 to 4 inches long all over. Also seen perfect footprints a few times before, thinking it was from a huge dude. For years I would go on a certain trail and 2 differnet dogs would shy away from the same spot going up the side of the cliff, even when I would tell them to go there, not normal for them. Saw brown one from far away, hot summer day and I thought who the hell would be on top of that hill wearing a fur coat. crazy stuff. I know they are still there.

Some of the first Europeans that saw the Africans said that some of the African women had genitals that resembled that of a gorilla. If you look at the nose of an African you will notice that it is wide like the gorilla's nose. Those men used ropes to tie the gorillas and orangutans up. That's how they were able to have sex with them. Bigfoot and the Orangutan creatures came from men that had sex with female gorillas and orangutans. Some of these creatures have been described as having long stringy hair. Those are the ones that came from the orangutan. I am not a racist, I am an observer. And don't tell me that it is impossible for a human to create through a female gorilla or orangutan. You people need to educate yourselfs.

"WE" need to educate ourselves???!!! UHHHH! Yeah

please send me some of wut ur smoking. ktxbai

I have a soloution much easier to swallow.
Gigantopithecus is an extinct genus of ape that existed from roughly one million years to as recently as three-hundred thousand years ago,[1] in what is now China, India, and Vietnam, placing Gigantopithecus in the same time frame and geographical location as several hominin species.[2] The fossil record suggests that the Gigantopithecus blacki species were the largest apes that ever lived, standing up to 3 metres (9.8 ft) and weighing up to 540 kilograms (1,200 lb).[1][3][4]

The genus has entered the popular culture lexicon as a result of cryptozoologic claims.
Based on the fossil evidence, it is believed that adult male Gigantopithecus blacki stood about 3 m (9.8 ft) tall and weighed as much as 540 kg (1,200 lb),[1][3][4] making the species two to three times heavier than modern gorillas and nearly five times heavier than the orangutan, its closest living relative.

Much more info! LOOK IT UP! Wondering how it got to North America Look up Ice Bridge across the Bering straight...
Yeeeeesh! Humans and Orangutangs...get a life.

Geeze, I hate to burst bubbles but I was part of the group of roudy teenagers from FOHI that used to dress up like an ape and hide in the eucalyptus groves on East Ave and Foothill Blvd in the early to mid 60's. This was right next to Fontana Drag Raceway and was a popular place for young couples to park, kind of a red-neck lovers lane. We had a lot of fun scaring the crap out of people. People are so gullible!!!


I found this site, and wanted to share an incident that happened to me back in 1974. I was leaaving Cable Air Field late on a Monday night when my Ranch Wagon crapped out down around Foothill, in Upland. I was supposed to be joining a group from my Law Office over at the Sage Hen, so I started hoofing it. I stopped in at the Upper Crust to use the telephone and left a message for my friends. I had a couple of drinks quickly, then left to walk on down and meet them. Leaving the Upper Crust and walking west on the north side of Foothill, I walked up into the scrub to take a leak - and that is when I saw him. He had to be about 9 feet tall with three feet across the shoulders - and it was definitely a male. I startled him from what appeared to be the construction of a crude lean too, or plyboard shack or something. When he saw me, he let go with a horrible scream and was enraged. I froze at first, then turned tail and started trying to get back down to Foothill. The creature through a huge stone - big as a bowling ball - and started running after me. I made it out to Foothill about 15 yards ahead of him, and tore back towards the Upper Crust - never once looking back. I was so damn scared I tripped over a curb stone in the parking lot of the Crust and hit my head pretty bad. I was out for awhile - and lucky that thing did not keep after me - until old man Miller left for the night and found my conked out. I talked with a fella from the Daily Report the next day down at Alphie's coffee shop, but he never did nothing with the information. Anyone else hear of a run in around that part of town?

Is Cable Air Field near Mount Baldy? There could be a connection to your encounter with the Bigfoot and the map I got from Stan Johnson.

Cable airport is right below Mt Baldy, maybe slightyyy west.

Many years ago I worked closely with Mr. Stan Johnson researching the Bigfoot or "wild man" enigma. Prior to his death, Stan was considered an expert on everything Bigfoot and documented his many encounters with them over a period of many years. Just before he died, Stan mailed me a package of documents. Most were routine research related stuff, important to dedicated researchers, but of little interest to the general public. Included among these documents however was one very important item - a map. This map shows in great detail the location of all known Vortices in North America, including California. Almost every Vortex location has some strange notes written next to it - things like "Honey Dew Melons Galore" or "don't have authority for a Camree". A few of the Vortex were circled in red, such as Stoddard Wells, Anza Borrego, and one at the foot of Mount Baldy that was circled many times over with the words PINE-A-WAY, JUST A POEM, SQDRN 24 written next to it.

What does this mean? Are these vortexes some kind of doorway into another dimension? Do the Bigfoot people use these vortexes to move around where we can't see them?

I lived at the base of Mt Baldy (right at the dam) for several years up until just a few years ago.. I don't recall ever seeing any doorways to other dimensions. It's a big jump to go from words and red circles on a map to doorways to other dimensions.


I was checking back and saw your post - thanks. As I have gotton older, I have become more and more interested in the thing I described and would really like to learn more about it without being labeled a crack pot or a psycho if you know what I mean. A few of the things you typed in your comments caught my eye - and my memory. Back then, I did some charter flying and volunteer piloting with the Civil Air Patrol which had a unit at Cable Air Field. One Saturday a guy met me in the coffee shop and wanted to talk about going up over the foothills of Mount Baldy which is just north of Cable as the other poster mentioned. This guy was tall and maybe in his early 50s then, and only used his first name - Stan. He had a sort of country accent - maybe Kentucky or something like that. Funny how he said the word "camera" - with only two syllables, like the toyota car, a Camry. We went over to the CAP unit - which was Squadron 25 (could your map have said SQDRN 25?) since that is a military short form for Squadron? Anyhow, I arranged to flight him the following Saturday which we did in the early morning, around 0800. He had a map with him, a set of high end binoculars and a camera. This guy was an odd bird because he would ramble on a bit but always in these little phrases and statements, not a real conversation.

I asked him what he was looking for, like land or acerage flats (it was nearly all empty back then) and he sort of laughed and said when we see it we'll know we found them (them, not it). At the time I thought he was sighting a camp site or someone's lot with people on it. He kept marking up a USGS Quadrangle elevation chart (not a map really, but the actual geological survey relief chart - sort of hard to come by back then) and had me turn some donuts around an area north of what we called the Bumpy Road back then (I think it was an extension of 16th street), to the west of San Antonio. The only thing around there was an old homesite built of boulders or rocks.

As we landed, he thanked me for him "and Bunny" whatever that meant. Before leaving he told me - almost like a warning - not to go out in that area with anything metal and not a gun because "they won't like it much and might not have time to pop back over" or something, which again I assumed was related to someone out there with their own guns or whatever.

Does this sound like the guy Stan you mentioned? Did he really research this sort of Big Foot thing in this area, and what else do you know?

C. Hamilton,

Very interesting information you have there. Indeed, the person you described could be Stan Johnson. After reading your post, I now recall that Stan did mention conducting airplane surveys as part of his research on Bigfoot. For reasons unknown to me Stan was very reluctant to talk about his work on the Upland Mount Baldy vortex. It is clear from the volume of notes he made that this area was important to him. Most of the notes don't make sense to me and some have strange phrases, including some about "Bunny" and "Flying Lawn Mowers - Crop Circles?" and "Fritz from Phoenix" and also something about a "stinky Couch"?. However, there is one clear passage in the notes about some people called Nina and Charles A. from Upland that encountered a Bigfoot on a trail in the mountains (perhaps Mount Baldy?). It seems that these people ran into a seriously injured hiker that was being given first aid by a Bigfoot like creature. When they slowly approached, the Bigfoot looked up and spoke to them (in English? or ESP?) and said "OK, He is going to make it, you can take over now". The Bigfoot then got up, waved, quickly strode off into the woods. I find this part of the notes really intriguing because it is the only documented reference I can find of actual communication between humans and the Bigfoot people. This Upland/Mount Baldy Vortex could be a key to the Bigfoot story, if only a more precise location could be determined!


Thanks for the additional info. This Stan Johnson guy sounds like he had access to some other source of information or something. A lot of what you have reported does not seem to make sense at first, but I know there have been lots of stories about the region along the base of Mt. Baldy since I was a kid. We used to go up to Icehouse Canyon and there was always a legend about a creature up there. An old friend of mine, Patty Smith, says she saw this big hairy monster up close one night along the road going to a party in one of the side canyons. She screamed, but that monster just kept coming, and she was lucky to get out of there. It was not too long afterwards that she left town or disappeared or something - I never heard from her again.

Did Stan ever mention or write down the name Gino Dixon? I believe he was a local researcher in the 70s. A local guy named Jeff found his white Datsun truck abandoned by the side off the road up past the dam, but no sign of his wife Sherry or Gino who had been going up to look for the monster. The brake lines on the truck were damaged bad like something hit the front of the truck, or possibly cut them - but no signs of either of them. All he found were some books in the bed of the truck, some cans of Mango juice and an old KFC bucket. Did Stan ever write about this event, or talk to you about it? The Civil Air Patrol did a few SAR flights so I know about the incident, but never heard anything more about it. It was very odd.

I knew a guy named Gino Dixon when I was growning up. When I was a teenager he lived on our street in Upland. He was a college teacher or scientist or something, I don't know for sure because he was always a bit cagey when asked exactly what he did for a living.
Anyway, the thing i remember is that sometime in the late 70's or maybe very early 1980's he and his wife suddenly vanished. I remember after not seeing him for a few weeks the police showed up at his house and had it corrdined-off for a few days. The really weird thing is that on the second-day some sort of government agency arrived and removed all sorts of files, file-boxes, etc. We knew they were government vehicles because they all had those 'government' exempt license plates and some sort of insignia on the doors but nothing indicated what exactly they were. Most of them were in suites but there were a few in camo-type uniforms. The entire neighborhood was abuzz with rumors about Gino selling drugs or murdering his wife but nobody really knew what happened to him or his wife for sure. after a few months his house went up for sale - my parents said it was foreclosed. it all makes sense now but sure was a big mystery back then!

To: C. Hamilton & Anonymous,


This new information you have introduced could be very important. There are several references in the documents of Stan Johnson that mention a researcher or investigator connected to the Upland / Mount Baldy area vortex by the name of ALDER DIXON - could this be the person or relative of the person you described as GINO DIXON??? If so, then several pieces of the puzzle begin to fit together. Some of the references indicate that Alder Dixon was something of maverick researcher - very radical techniques and theories. His approach was apparently very unorthodox and brought him under the scrutiny of more than one government agency. What could be the vortex connection? The notes are mute on this point as far as I can tell.

Awaiting your response.

Mike M.

I wanted to add some detail to this comment on 'some sort' of government vehicles with those exempt plates...

My government car when I worked for local governemt had those "Exempt" plates. If they said Exempt or had a diamond with an E in it in the old days it was a State of California Vehicle, If it had a rectangle with chopped corners and an E it was a city or county vehicle. The number of Exempt plates got so large they just say exempt across the top and have a long number, no more Es.

These plates are issued to governmental agencies and are found on cop cars, fire trucks and transit district buses too, all exempt means is they are exempt from vehicle licensing fees since they are official vehicles, most meter maids will not touch an unmarked vehicle with exempt plates because you never know who is driving one. If you run a vehicle check on the tag it will come back City or County of... but not be specific on the department in most cases (this varies with the agencies involved).

In rare instances the feds or others might use them as a cover. The best undercover cop car I ever saw was in Oakland, CA a Gremlin with Illonis plates but was an OPD undercover car...

Bigfoot talked in English? ok. Let's say that these creatures are real and have been staying out of the way of humans all these centuries, think maybe they do this because they don't want anything to do with us? Why don't bigfoot hunters leave them alone!? You know if someone ever did find one (if they existed) you know some idiot will want to shoot and kill one for evidence. So again if they really exist and have survived all this time just LEAVE them the hell alone.

Hello, I'm interested in knowing more information about the Upland/Mt. Baldy vortex. I live in Baldy and would like to locate the vortex. Any information would be helpful.



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