When he volunteered to host the the sister city delegation from Rikuzentakata, Japan, for a tour of the redwoods to discuss locally-filmed movies, Bill Steven came upon a detail on Wikipedia he felt needs to be corrected. Steven said he first spoke of the major movie productions like “E.T.” and “The Empire Strikes Back” but wanted to mention another well-known bit of footage.
While many won’t know it by name, the Patterson-Gimlin film is a short piece of footage taken in 1967, which one of the filmmakers claimed to his death was a Sasquatch walking along a creekbed.
Steven said he went online before the tour to refresh his memory and discovered that Wikipedia’s entry on the footage claims it was taken in Humboldt County.
“As far as I always knew, it was filmed in Del Norte County,” Steven said, referring to a remote area that can only be accessed from the south.
“The footage was filmed alongside Bluff Creek, a tributary of the Klamath River, about 25 logging road miles northwest of Orleans, California, in Humboldt County,” according to Wikipedia. “The film site is roughly 38 miles south of Oregon and 18 miles east of the Pacific Ocean.”
By those measurements alone, the film site would fall just inside a small outcropped area in the southeast corner of Del Norte County. Coordinates on the site, listed as 41° 26' 24.7" N, 123° 42' 6.9" W also fall well within Del Norte’s borders.
Steven said he is sending a request to Wikipedia to change the information, not because he believes in Bigfoot, but because Humboldt County shouldn’t get the attention of those seeking information about the only alleged filming of Bigfoot.