September 29, 2001 Austin, Texas About 75 miles northeast of Houston is a swampy area called the "Big Thicket National Preserve" in Hardin County. On the southern edge of the thicket is a town called Sourlake. That's where journalist, Rob Riggs, spent his childhood and heard stories of the hairy "wild man" that had been seen in the Big Thicket woods. In the 1990s, Rob Riggs published the Lake Travis View newspaper in Austin and the Fort Bend Sun in Sugarland, Texas.
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