This is the actual
sideshow gaff billed as "The Minnesota Iceman" by Frank Hansen
in the 1960's. This is a one of a kind hoax that was fabricated
by a mid-20th century showman.
The Iceman was featured in an
issue of Argosy Magazine (as you can see in the pictures) and
spawned decades of debate as to its authenticity. For around 40
years the whereabouts of the Iceman were unknown to the cryptozoology community. The "creature", while under ice,
baffled the famed zoologist (and so-called father of
cryptozoology) Bernard Heuvelmans who examined it in it's
Stories circulated as to the origin of the creature
ranging from "a hunter shot it in the great North woods", to "it
was killed during wartime in Southeast Asia", and even that it
was found floating in the ocean encased in it's signature block
It is thought that the "creature" was actually crafted
by one of Disney's early Imagineers. Regardless of who actually
did create it, the quality is flawless, and it has stood up
remarkably well to the rigors of time and repeated freezing.
The chest freezer
that it is housed in is unfortunately not operational at this
time. It has been looked at by a licensed refrigeration
contractor who determined that the compressor needs to be
replaced. A new custom sheet of glass was added in September of
The housing is extremely heavy, in upwards of
1000 lbs, and is approxamately 4' x 4' x 8'.
Follow this link to
read the original Argosy Magazine article:
Argosy Magazine Big Foot Encounters.
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