Smokey Crabtree Inducted into Ohio Bigfoot Hall of Fame

Posted by: Lyle Blackburn on May 20th, 2016

On May 14 at the 2016 Ohio Bigfoot Conference, Julius “Smokey” Crabtree was honored posthumously with an induction into the Ohio Bigfoot Hall of Fame. The honor was presented by conference organizer Marc DeWerth and commemorated by the elegant plaque shown in the photo below. Myself and Bryan Impey had the great honor of accepting the plaque on behalf of the late Mr. Crabtree and his family. We will be presenting it to Smokey’s son, J.E. Crabtree of Texarkana, in recognition of Smokey’s timeless contributions to The Legend of Boggy Creek and to Bigfoot research. 

Like the creature he sought to prove, Smokey has become a legend himself and will always remain as one of the key pioneers in this research field. 

Rest in Peace, my friend.



Lyle Blackburn About Lyle Blackburn
Lyle Blackburn is an author, musician, and cryptid researcher from Texas. His investigative cryptozoology books, such as “The Beast of Boggy Creek,” “Beyond Boggy Creek,” and “Lizard Man,” reflect his life-long fascination with legends and sighting reports of unknown creatures. During his research, Lyle has often explored the remote reaches of the southern U.S. in search of shadowy beasts said to inhabit the dense backwoods and swamplands of these areas. Lyle has been heard on numerous radio programs, including Coast To Coast AM, and has appeared on television shows such as Monsters and Mysteries in America and Finding Bigfoot. Lyle is also a writer for the monthly horror magazine, Rue Morgue, and was recently featured in the documentary film, Boggy Creek Monster. For more information, visit Lyle's website at:

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