It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s the Thunderbird Looking for Housing
The wilderness of Pennsylvania is a great place to visit if you’re interested in mythical creatures. Full of folklore, Pennsylvanians have spotted Bigfoot in the lush forests, but while most are looking through the trees and at the mossy ground, one popular mythical creature is flying through the sky.
The legendary Thunderbird has been a staple of local folklore dating back to Iroquois and Shawnee tribes that were familiar with the red maple forests, dating back to the 1400s. Over the last hundred years, there have been Thunderbird sightings along the I-80 Frontier, Pine Creek Valley, and Elk County landscapes of the Pennsylvania wilderness. To learn more about its history and firsthand accounts of sightings, check out this video from Top Box TV:
Tall Tales of the Thunderbird
The Thunderbird has been described as an eagle-like bird spanning three to four feet in length with a wingspan of 14–30 feet. It is often compared to a small airplane in size, and those who have seen it have also heard the thunderous flap of its wings.
The most recent sighting occurred in 2013. Two friends were walking through the woods near Bryn Athyn Castle and were startled by something extraordinarily terrifying.
"It was extremely loud, and I glanced up and saw a huge black bird," witness Anthony said in his report. "It was sitting above us, and we seemed to startle it. It flew about 100 feet to a nearby branch. Its wingspan was at least 10 feet, and judging how far it was, it looked to be around four feet tall."
Despite its monstrous appearance, the Thunderbird is like any other first-time homebuyer, and it could use your help to find its ideal aviary.
Treehouses for the Thunderbird
The Thunderbird is a simple creature unconcerned with material goods or luxurious home fittings. Occupying the skies and tall trees of the Keystone State, the Thunderbird doesn’t need much to make it happy; a piece of property amongst the red maples and pines that comprise the state’s forests and parks would be just fine.
The typical home value in Pennsylvania is $240,658, perfect for our bird of prey’s lower budget. So, where can the elusive Thunderbird perch?
This property in Turtlepoint is a suitable place for Thundy to call home. The 7.7-acre lot comes complete with a dilapidated shack that screams “NO TRESPASSING” to anyone curious enough to walk by. Fitted with a wood fireplace and what appears to be a half-functioning kitchen and bathroom, the Thunderbird can retreat inside during cold winter nights and warm its wings by the fire.
This charming abode tucked in the trees is another ideal location for Thundy to call home. Bordering the Allegany State Park, our feathered friend would have abundant space to fly the skies over the nearby park and Allegheny River. This property comes complete with a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home, a garage, two ponds (perfect for birdbaths!), and a barn.
This prime parcel of land is just over 17 acres. It boasts a private pond and sits within close proximity to Bald Eagle Creek. While this listing is a serious step up from our previous listings, Thundy could get used to complete privacy within a spacious home, even if you have to teach it how to use the modern fixtures and amenities. This 5 bedroom, 4 bathroom home is ideal for hosting the Thunderbird’s cawing clan of friends and family.
Do you know of any other properties that may be suitable for a giant flying creature? Let us know in the comments down below! In the meantime, we’ll be hunting around for a closing gift fit for a mythical client…
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