In April of 1890, two cowboys noticed an immense flying creature while walking around in the deserts of Arizona. The creature's body was about 92 feet long and was smooth like a serpent. It had huge wings, about a 160 foot wingspan, featherless and resembling bat's wings. It also had two clawed feet, with a face of an alligator. They followed it on horseback until the horses were too afraid to continue, and then chased it on foot. It kept landing and taking off until the cowboys shot it full of bullets with their riffles, and finally killed it. Then the cowboys cut off a piece of the wing and brought it to Tombstone.
The story was presumed to be written in a April 1892 issue of the Tombstone newspaper, the Epitaph. It was also told that a photo of an enormous bird was seen nailed to a wall in the office. Since many tall tales have been spun in newspaper during this distinctive time in history, it's hard to say whether it is a true story or just a folklore. Employees working for the Epitaph searched through many old issues of the newspaper and found no such photo.
The question still remains, is the photo real? Many have remember seeing the elusive "Thunderbird" photo but no one seems to know where it is. Many feel the photo I have posted above has been tampered with and the dead creature was added in. Also, according to the stories told, two men supposed to have found and killed the bird-like creature, but six men are in the picture. Who are the other men? There is lots of mystery surrounding the photo, its existence and the whereabouts, and the strange story which goes with it.
If you have heard of this story and know more about it, I would love to hear it.