By Christina Garica
Sightings can’t be planned, but Bigfoot roams near Broken Bow. The Southeastern part of Oklahoma seems to be a magnet, drawing the illusive creature to the forests and springs. Gift shops sell the t-shirts. Local news reports the sightings. In 2021, an Oklahoma state representative even filed a bill to create an official Bigfoot hunting season. But more than a nexus of living lore and centuries-old legend, Broken Bow is a getaway for families chasing outdoor fun.
It’s come a long way. In 1911 two Nebraska loggers named the town after their own home and started processing trees. Before that, the Broken Bow Chamber of Commerce says Choctaw people lived in villages there and called the area Con-Chito. Today a part of the Choctaw Nation, the area is a gateway to a beautiful wilderness that includes Beavers Bend State Park at the base of the Kiamichi mountains.